Newsletter date: 25 March 2014
* FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): Responses to the DRAFT report of the Indigenous Education Review for the Northern Territory Government
* FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): National Indigenous Languages Survey 2 (NILS2)
* FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): DRAFT Report of the Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory
* Why FOBL Matters
* SKrashen: Strongest evidence so far in support of bilingual education
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools (bilingual education)
* FOBL (FRIENDS OF BILINGUAL LEARNING): RESPONSES TO THE DRAFT REPORT OF THE INDIGENOUS EDUCATION REVIEW FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT
FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): Responses to the DRAFT report of the Indigenous Education Review for the Northern Territory Government
"Over the next days some of the responses to the DRAFT report of the Indigenous Education Review will be available to read on the FOBL website. FOBL encourages you to share these responses with people who are involved in Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory and beyond... Thank you"
[Above webpage includes links to responses to the 'Draft Report of the Indigenous Education Review' by:
* Yirrkala Sub-branch, Australian Education Union (NT);
* K Heugh;
* B Devlin;
* M Laughren;
* L J White;
* R Watt; and
* T Stockley.]
* FOBL (FRIENDS OF BILINGUAL LEARNING): NATIONAL INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES SURVEY 2 (NILS2)
FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): National Indigenous Languages Survey 2 NILS2
"Indigenous languages link to health and well-being. Accessed from AIATSIS Website 7 March 2014 - http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/news/NILS2.html
Results of the National Indigenous Languages Survey 2 (NILS 2) released today, paint a complex picture of the current state of health of Indigenous languages in Australia, but also show a growing recognition of their value as elements of identity and self-esteem."
Download The Full Report: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/_files/site/nils2.pdf
* FOBL (FRIENDS OF BILINGUAL LEARNING): DRAFT REPORT OF THE REVIEW OF INDIGENOUS EDUCATION IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
- Draft Report
FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): DRAFT Report of the Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory
"The Draft Report of the Review of Indigenous Education Review in the Northern Report was released by Bruce Wilson, The Education Business on the 7 February 2014. The review has already sparked criticism, consultations are currently in progress. ... "
Click on this website to view the report: http://www.education.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/36205/Indigen...
"For further information, several blogposts provide further comments regarding the report: ...
* Tom Calma: http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Dr-Tom-Calma.mp3
* That Munanga Linguist: http://munanga.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/northern-territorys-draft-indigen...
* Combatting School Injustice: http://educatorvoices.wordpress.com/
* Language blog: http://goo.gl/PYvzUE and http://goo.gl/qimnk0 ... "
* WHY FOBL MATTERS
- About FOBL
About Us (FOBL)
"Friends of Bilingual Learning are a network of interested citizens who recognise the importance of language for learning, human development, identity and wellbeing. FOBL members are a diverse group of people brought together to support the development of the NT as a multilingual society which acknowledges the place of communication through Indigenous languages and English. The ‘Bilingual Learning’ within our name refers to the use of two or more languages used in ongoing learning throughout life. These settings can be for children in schools and for adults in a range of contexts. ... "
Why FOBL Matters
"We believe that with a strong bilingual program these students will become strong bilingual people by the time they leave school. In general bilingual education is a poorly understood thing in Australia. English speaking countries like Australia generally tend to regard languages other than English as a problem. We are one of the few countries in the world which still regards speaking only one language (monolingualism) as the norm. We are therefore very poorly informed about speaking two languages (bilingualism) and multilingualism (speaking many languages) ... "
* SKRASHEN: STRONGEST EVIDENCE SO FAR IN SUPPORT OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION
SKrashen: Strongest evidence so far in support of bilingual education
19 Mar 14: "McField, G. and McField, D. 2014. "The consistent outcome of bilingual education programs: A meta-analysis of meta-analyses." In Grace McField (Ed.) 2014. The Miseducation of English Learners. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing. pp. 267-299. ... This should settle the argument: bilingual programs, when set up correctly and evaluated correctly, do not prevent the acquisition of English - they facilitate it."
* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS (BILINGUAL EDUCATION):
Last updated: 24 February 2014
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