By Frances Adcock and Marlina Whop for ABC News
The principal of Cherbourg State School, south-west of Bundaberg in southern Queensland, says it will be difficult to teach Indigenous languages in some schools.
A new report is calling on the Federal Government to introduce Indigenous language education into schools with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Principal Peter Sansby says it is a good initiative but it may not be practical in some schools with a diverse range of students.
"In Cherbourg, for example, where the history of Cherbourg is lots of different cultures, Indigenous cultures and tribes relocating to Cherbourg, so we could be potentially teaching up to 40 different languages, so that could pose a difficult conundrum," he said.
Mr Sansby says the Wakka Wakka language was the first language spoken in Cherbourg and it is concerning that very few Indigenous people can speak it.
"I'm not aware of anybody's that's young that can actually speak the Wakka Wakka language," he said.
"I guess the first thing they'd have to do is employ some people to do some language reclamation.
"They need to start talking to the elders.
"The retirement home at Cherbourg has a number of people that do have the Wakka Wakka language but we are losing those people unfortunately too quickly."
By Bianca Hall for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Aboriginal languages are in danger of being wiped out in the next decade, with only 18 of an estimated 250 original languages still spoken by significant numbers of people.
Those who speak Aboriginal languages as a first language face stark disadvantage and social problems, a report has found.
After more than a year of work, Parliament's standing committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs yesterday released a wide-ranging report recommending urgent work be done to ensure as many languages as possible survive, and that speakers of those languages are not further marginalised from mainstream society.