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First Languages in Education

From training through to employment, First Languages Australia is working with policy makers and educators to help overcome the issues facing those involved with the teaching and learning of first languages.

Efforts are currently being directed to the following strategic and policy areas:

  • Curriculum development and implementation, through ongoing consultation with ACARA for the national curriculum, and state governments for regional developments.
  • Governments and education authorities to establish consistent and equitable pay rates and sustainable career paths for those teaching first languages in schools.
  • Resource development, with a view to safeguarding the rights of language speakers and building capacity within communities to create resources.

First Languages Australia has also developed a some engaging tools teachers can use in cross-curricular and Indigenous language programs.

Marrin Gamu: Many languages, one song

National languages map

Promoting Australia's first languages

Promoting First Languages

An ongoing and exciting project for First Languages Australia has been our national media strategy, aimed at increasing awareness of first languages to the broad Australian audience. You may have seen some of the videos and interviews or caught the radio broadcasts as partners such as ABC Open and Regional Radio, NITV and other media outlets have thrown their creative weight behind the strategy.

All involved continue to look for innovative ways to showcase the treasures that are our first languages and if you have ideas to help, or local work that we can help to promote, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us to see how your region can be involved.



National Meeting in Canberra

First Languages Australia members met in Canberra recently with staff from the Ministry for the Arts in the Department of the Attorney General to discuss development of future strategies for languages support.

From back left at the meeting were: Anita Mayers, Melinda Holden, George Hayden, Karen Hayward, Nora Cooke, Paul Paton, Kendall Clayton, Alison Todd, Mandy Whitford, Wendy Dalitz, Kylie Nelson. Front row: Bridget Priman, Leonora Adidi, Karina Lester, Geoff Anderson, Bruce Pascoe.

Contact us

Phone  +61 2 4940 9144  or  1300 975 246
Visit  Level 1/840 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Post PO Box 528, Newcastle, NSW, 2300

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