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Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities

17 September 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-0-642-79764-3 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79765-0 (HTML version)

View the report as a single document - (PDF 5525KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Preliminary Pages (PDF 151KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 66KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 The role of Indigenous languages (PDF 300KB)

Language, culture and identity
Benefits of giving attention to Indigenous languages
Valuing Indigenous languages for all Australians
Dual naming
Contribution to Closing the Gap
Education targets
Health advantages
Knowledge and employment
Committee comment
Overview on Indigenous languages
Evolving languages
Number of speakers
At risk languages
Current languages in use
Committee comment

Chapter 3 Indigenous languages policy (PDF 249KB)

Australian Indigenous language policies
National Indigenous Languages Policy 2009
Discussion of policy
State and Territory languages policies
Committee comment
Program funding and support
Examples of Indigenous languages maintenance and revival activities
Indigenous Languages Support
Committee comment
Support for Torres Strait Islander languages
Committee comment
Deductible Gift Recipient eligibility
Committee comment
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous languages
Committee comment
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Committee comment

Chapter 4 Learning Indigenous languages and Standard Australian English - Early childhood language learning (PDF 349KB)

Building partnerships between schools and Indigenous communities
Engaging students in education
School attendance
Committee comment
State/Territory curricula
Queensland curriculum
New South Wales curriculum and other language support
Northern Territory curriculum
Western Australia curriculum
Australian Curriculum
Committee comment
Language Nests
Committee comment
Identifying first languages
Committee comment
English as an Additional Language (EAL/D)
Committee comment
Improving learning outcomes
Learning in first language
Committee comment
Achieving English language competency
Committee comment

Chapter 5 Teaching Indigenous languages (PDF 203KB)

Career and accreditation pathways for Indigenous language teachers
Limited authority to teach
Committee comment
Accessible teacher training
School release for teacher training
Coaching and mentoring Indigenous language teachers
Committee comment
Attracting and retaining Indigenous teachers
Recognising the value of Indigenous teachers
Committee comment
Indigenous language teaching resources
Committee comment
EAL/D training
Committee comment

Chapter 6 Interpreting and translating Indigenous languages (PDF 260KB)

Current Indigenous interpreting and translating across Australia
Commonwealth Government funding to Indigenous interpreting and translating
National framework on Indigenous interpreting and translating
Engaging Indigenous interpreting services
Committee comment
A national Indigenous interpreter service
Challenges to establishing a national Indigenous interpreting service
The role of language centres in interpreting services
Accreditation and training
Committee comment

Chapter 7 Preserving languages for future generations (PDF 185KB)

Enhancing existing networks
The Federation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages and Culture
National Indigenous Languages Centre
Committee comment
Access to resources
Preserving languages through technology and training
Committee comment
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Committee comment
Concluding comments

Appendix A – List of submissions (PDF 47KB)
Appendix B – List of hearings and witnesses (PDF 88KB)
Appendix C – List of exhibits (PDF 35KB)

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