[lg policy] Australia: Flexibility the key to language policy in NT schools: Expert

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 20 15:07:47 UTC 2012

Flexibility the key to language policy in NT schools: Expert

Thursday, 19 July 2012 16:30

An education expert says a policy shift allowing Aboriginal kids in
the Northern Territory to speak traditional languages at school has
educational and cultural benefits.

The Territory Government has dropped a policy restricting the use of
Indigenous languages at school for the first four hours of the day in
favour of English.

Dr. Paul Black from Charles Darwin University says you can't place
'one-size-fits-all' restrictions on such a diverse range of

"I think there should be flexibility in the schools to find the
appropriate sort of program to suit them.

"Where the community wants the Indigenous language involved in the
school, there should be room for that.

"Where you might have Indigenous teachers who speak the language able
to help their students learn through the local language, there should
be room for that.

"One size doesn't really fit all here."


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