The P-10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Syllabus provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge of and communication skills in the target Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Language. The syllabus promotes active engagement and communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The syllabus describes the aims, strand descriptions, community models of knowing, organisation (content descriptions and elaborations), achievement standards and assessment for the subject.
These resources provide support for schools and communities implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages syllabus.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages in Education Queensland Schools: A guide to implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Syllabuses (PDF, 505 kB)
This resource developed by Education Queensland aims to support principals to engage effectively with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities in order to implement the QCAA syllabuses.
- Effective teaching and learning strategies (PDF, 413 kB)
Ten strategies that have proved successful in teaching and learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
- Funding sources (PDF, 422 kB)
Information about, and links to, organisations and programs that may provide funding towards revitalising and maintaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
- Language centres and community organisations (PDF, 389 kB)
Groups that may be able to support schools within their communities.
- Language skills and courses (PDF, 416 kB)
An overview of skills that may exist or need development, and of the range of courses and training available to support school communities in teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
- Recording and documenting language (PDF, 398 kB)
Information about recording technology, and links to a variety of software and resources that could enhance the documentation and preservation of languages.
- Wordlist for schools and communities (PDF, 494 kB)
A wordlist arranged by topics that could create the basis for language teaching and learning. This resource may be adapted to reflect school–community contexts.
References and where to find them
- AIATSIS collection (PDF, 407 kB)
Introduces language, cultural, historical and genealogical materials held by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) that could be used as part of language revival processes.
- Language references (PDF, 427 kB)
An extensive list of (mostly) print resources organised under three headings: linguistic/language resources; education/curriculum; and general references.
- Language websites (PDF, 423 kB)
A selection of links to websites relevant to the documentation, preservation or teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
- State Library of Queensland resources (PDF, 412 kB)
Outlines the language, cultural, historical and genealogical holdings of the State Library, which may be relevant to language revival processes, with tips on how and where to find them.
- University of Queensland resources (PDF, 391 kB)
Pinpoints significant language resources held within the University that could be used as part of language revival processes.
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