Australia: Pupils mark Indigenous language milestone

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Jan 8 20:31:03 UTC 2008

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ABC Online

Pupils mark Indigenous language milestone

Aboriginal students in Alice Springs have completed Year 12 studies in
an Indigenous language for the first time. Dominique Castle from the
Alice Springs language centre says five Indigenous students received
high NTCE scores in Arrernte language studies in 2007.Ms Castle says
the students' success is a good sign for the future of the Arrernte
language in the region. "It's very important to be teaching an
Indigenous language and especially to have an Indigenous teacher who's
also on the team teaching it, because students are getting the
cultural and the language aspect of it and can keep the language
alive," she said. Ms Castle says the students even went on a study
tour of New Zealand to see how the Maori language is taught in

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 Harold F. Schiffman

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 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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