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Review of National Aboriginal Languages Program. Occasional Paper Number 5 [microform] / Lynette Riley-Mundine and Bryn Roberts
Bib ID 5556133
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Riley-Mundine, Lynette
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1990 
117 p. 

This review of Australia's National Aboriginal Languages Program, undertaken in September-November 1989, involved consultation with individuals in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and communities in several areas. It was found that 56% of 1988-89 funding went to Aboriginal communities and regional language centers, 20% to state schools, 5% to independent aboriginal schools, 2% to Catholic schools, and the remainder to institutions, private companies, and individuals. The program currently assists 91 Aboriginal languages, with over 5,000 people benefitting directly or indirectly. Achievements, still in the early stages at the time of the review, included educational and linguistic materials development, greater teacher recognition of student difficulties, increased student pride in language learning and community support for related projects, better student retention, greater opportunities for cross-cultural learning, and greater appreciation of Aboriginal language and culture. Problems included funding and resource allocation difficulties, staffing shortfalls, inadequate awareness and school administrative support in some cases, differential quality and quantity of materials developed, lack of appropriate public policy, and administrative organization. Proposals are made for Aboriginal language policy, regional representation, additional regional language centers, funding, community involvement, curriculum development, staff training, and research. Program data and descriptions and notes on the study's methodology are appended. (MSE)



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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Australian Aboriginal Languages.  |  Cultural Awareness.  |  Curriculum Development.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Indigenous Populations.  |  Instructional Materials.  |  Language Research.  |  Language Role.  |  Material Development.  |  National Programs.  |  Native Language Instruction.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Program Descriptions.  |  Program Design.  |  Program Evaluation.  |  Program Implementation.  |  Public Policy.  |  Resource Allocation.  |  Uncommonly Taught Languages.  |  Australia  |  National Aboriginal Languages Program (Australia)
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Roberts, Bryn, author  |  Australian Advisory Council on Languages and Multicultural Education, Canberra
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