Language Maintenance through reading

Below is a link to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s website.

This is an incredibly important organisation as far as the maintenance, and even revitalisation of indigenous languages in Australia – where children may not speak much but have likely got a good passive knowledge of their indigenous language. This foundation translates existing children’s books, and also aids in the creation of books written by indigenous youth and/or communities.

This service promotes reading, and more specifically promotes the use of indigenous languages by children by increasing the sources from which they are in contact with their languages, and diminishing the stigmatisation of their languages as inferior to English. Importantly, these books can be accessed free once a person, school, or community registers, and to date 120, 000 books have been supplied to remote and isolated communities in Australia.

Anna Leoni


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