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Nominate a teacher for the Patji-Dawes Award

The Patji-Dawes award honours outstanding achievements in language teaching by an accomplished practitioner in Australia. It reflects the belief that achieving proficiency in other languages is one of the great learning experiences in the human condition, that this happens all too rarely in contemporary Australian society, and that there is an unfilled need for public recognition of those who defy our national mediocrity in this arena.

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Position advertised: Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Training Program

February 2017

The Research Network for Linguistic Diversity is looking for a new Director for their Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Training Program (DRIL).


If you work well with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and you have a deep understanding of community calls for linguistic training, this could be the job for you.

Please see this link for the position description and application details.

Our Marrin Gamu Competition with ABC Splash is on again

In 2016, twenty-seven schools and community groups contributed Marrin Gamu entries with over 600 students participating. The quality of submissions was well above expected, with everyone putting in a tremendous effort.

As last year's winners, Yipirinya school received a visit from their local ABC Open producer to make a professional filming of their song ‘Alknge Irlpe’. The film will screen on ABC Me in the coming months.

Follow this link to view the entries

Read more: Our Marrin Gamu Competition with ABC Splash is on again

Moving forward with dual naming in Tasmania

Tasmania Place Names

Community visit to pilri (Cape Grim), March 2017. Photo Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
 

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation continues work reinstating original place names, with the next group of names to be submitted to the Nomenclature Board in July 2017.

 

Click this link for all the information.

 

 

 

National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum

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In November last year, First Languages Australia hosted a gathering of 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language educators in Adelaide.This historic event brought together state and territory education authorities, teaching institutions, language centres and community language teachers, to work toward a coordinated approach to the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teachers.

Read more: National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum

Yamani - Voices of an Ancient Land

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Captions - Address
 

Congratulations also to the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee for the success of the Yamani – Voices of an Ancient Land video.

The beautiful twelve-minute film played for six months as in-flight entertainment on QANTAS flights and on Queensland Rail's long-distance trains, it has been profiled in the magazines Terralingua and Embark (page 25), included in the Nandeebie Screen Festival and is soon to screen on ABC Education TV.

Click these links for your free ATOM teacher's notes and to get a copy of the CD.

 

 

 

First Languages Australia consults on New South Wales draft languages legislation

Draft Legislation

First Languages Australia Manager, Faith Baisden, with NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams, at the launch of the first stage of draft legislation to recognise and protect NSW Aboriginal languages. 

 

First Languages Australia is pleased to be involved in consultations with the government of New South Wales to draft legislation to recognise and promote Aboriginal languages in that state.

Read more: First Languages Australia consults on New South Wales draft languages legislation

First Languages Australia and ABC National Media Project

Federal Minister launches First Languages Australia – ABC Media Project.

 November 2016
 Federal Minister launches First Languages Australia ABC Media Project
 Caption: Lionel Lovett from Parkes, Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, Geoff Anderson from First Languages Australia, and Nick Lowther Chief of Staff ABC Western Plains, at the launch of ABC- First Languages Australia Regional radio call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Project.

The ABC Regional – First Languages Australia, Radio Call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Project was launched by the Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, at the Artlands Regional Arts Conference in Dubbo in October.

Read more: First Languages Australia and ABC National Media Project

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