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, Oct 19, 2016
The Wave Hill Walk Off is commemorated widely but what happened to Gurindji people on their own country before the Walk Off is less well known. A new publication, told bilingually in Gurindji and English, shares what Gurindji people want the world to know about what happened. Greg Dickson reviews Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country.
, Feb 18, 2016
Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. Greg Dickson explores the debate further:
, Oct 01, 2015
We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! We're featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Rosie Sitorus tells us about Wajarri.
, Sep 10, 2015
Many of us have heard about the Indigenous literacy gap - but probably think it applies only to English. Greg Dickson takes a look at Indigenous literacy from the perspective of Indigenous languages, busts some myths and finds an even bigger "gap".
, Sep 03, 2015
We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we'll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, James Bednall tells us about Anindilyakwa.
, Apr 09, 2015
Last month, a parent got hot under the collar over a school's teaching of Australia's National Anthem in an Indigenous language. Linguist Lauren Gawne responds.
, Aug 27, 2014
More and more Australians are embracing the idea that our first languages should be taught in schools. Faced with high levels of language endangerment and loss, everyone's hoping for a quick fix. John Hobson takes a look at what works and what doesn’t. The conclusion: it’s a complex matter. Language teaching requires not only time and hard work but, most of all, well-trained teachers.
, Oct 31, 2013
First, they rejected Gonski because too much funding would go to remote community schools. Now, the NT Education department is cutting positions that are key in supporting Aboriginal students who don't speak English at home. Greg Dickson demonstrates the benefit that such support positions can bring and argues that the NT Government's handling of education could easily cause the much-discussed "gap" to widen rather than narrow.
, Aug 28, 2013
With the election campaign in full-swing, you could be forgiven for thinking all the candidates are monolingual English speakers. Not true. Here's a starter's guide to people on your ballot paper who speak Languages Other Than English (LOTEs). But why didn't you know all this before? Greg Dickson argues it's part of politics race to the bottom to appeal to a dumbed-down notion of middle Australia.
, Mar 13, 2013
The Federal Government's new Creative Australia policy includes an announcement of nearly $14 million in new funding for Indigenous languages support, over four years. While it's a welcome announcement, Greg Dickson isn't quite jumping up and down about it.
, Jan 21, 2013
A report in The Australian claims that the 2011 census showed that the Aboriginal language "crisis" has been overstated, that indigenous languages are not in danger of dying out. Aidan Wilson looks into the data to find out what's going on.
, Nov 01, 2012
Special guest Dr. Bill Fogarty argues that Indigenous language maintenance and education is not about reverence for some distant past for esoteric reasons. Rather it is an important asset that can play a role both in developing a future for Indigenous communities and in benefiting the socio-economic fabric of the Australian Nation.
, Sep 21, 2012
It's pretty rare that Indigenous languages (IL) get a day in the sun in such a spectacular way. The bread and butter of IL reporting most months is along the lines of "here's a new phone app that's going to save a language." Sorry to rain on anyone's parade, but phone apps don't save languages, people do. Specifically, speakers do: the only way to "save a language" is to make it easier for people to learn and speak it, and that requires actions which are integrated through a community.
, Sep 18, 2012
The Our Land Our Language report unequivocally calls for the reinstatement of bilingual education programs in remote areas, for compulsory English as an Additional Language training in teaching degrees, and for changes to be made to how NAPLAN testing is carried out. But what do these measures mean and how effective will they be in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote areas get the best education we can provide?
, Jul 20, 2012
Greg Dickson writes… On Monday I got a phone call out of the blue from a journalist from The Australian. Initially, I felt a bit chuffed being cold-called by a big newspaper. I soon realised however that the journo was asking me about stuff that wasn’t really my area of expertise. She wanted to know […]