Languages and education. National curriculum

Thursday, 27 March 2014
Dr Doug Marmion
Dr Michael Walsh

Our presentation is about the development of the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages being written for the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

This initiative means that our Australian languages are being given an equal representation along with all the other world languages taught in our schools as part of the new Australian Curriculum-Languages.

Through this action schools and systems are helping to preserve, document and maintain our languages. They are also giving all children the chance to gain a greater understanding of the worlds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Perhaps most importantly the value for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is that they are able to see our languages and our cultures valued in schools in a way that is rarely evidenced. All the evidence is clear that our children experience a marked increase in self esteem and engagement with education and learning in schools when our languages are part of the curriculum.