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VOTL 8 | Language, Aboriginal, Students, Lote, Education, Program, Mark, Islander | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Voice of the Land - Volume 8


Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land


From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
The floods that hit the Northern Territory in January were a devastating blow for workers at the Katherine Regional Language Centre, Diwurruwurru-Jaru. With water racing through the centre at ceiling height, very little could be salvaged of computer and office equipment, library resources and significant amounts of research data.

Tropical North offering new opportunities. PDF Print E-mail

Students at Tropical North Queensland TAFE participating in a Clinical Health worker Education Program.
Students at Tropical North Queensland TAFE participating in a Clinical Health worker Education Program.
The Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE, Cairns campus, is offering an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enrol in a Certificate 111 in Indigenous Australian Language Studies.

Mark in the running for VCE Award PDF Print E-mail

Mark Thomson
Mark Thomson
Mark Thomson is in the unique position of being the only student in the State of Victoria who came both first and last in a Victorian Certificate of Education exam - in the same subject!

With no-one else taking the exam for LOTE Australian Indigenous Languages, (Yorta Yorta) Mark could be sure of the top spot, but was thrilled to find that his results, when compared with those of students n other languages, earned him a nomination for the Premier's VCE Award for LOTE.


Broome hosts State language conference. PDF Print E-mail
The Western Australia State Language Conference is being held in Broome from 28th April to 1st May. Matters to be addressed include a request by the State Health Department for assistance in developing an assessment process for Aboriginal Health Workers, to determine their level of language proficiency when employed in fields requiring multi-lingual skills.

The 4 day conference will feature workshops on the use of Multi-Media, Braacs, language interpretation, web-page organisation, oral history projects and a range of other topics.

News will be updated on ATSIC'S draft report on the Needs Survey of Community Languages and reports presented from each of the language regions.
Students connect with language heartland PDF Print E-mail
Maisie Wintinna with students learning Pitnantjatjara
Nine years ago, Aboriginal parents involved with Carlton Primary School, Port Augusta, let it be known that they'd had enough of their children learning German as a second language. Parents, teachers and pupils were united in their enthusiasm to make the two Western Desert dialects, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara and the Adnyamathanha language available through the LOTE scheme. Initially all students could choose between German, Pitjantjatjara and Adnyamathanha. Gradually the numbers of students choosing German declined until four years ago the subject was dropped as a curriculum choice.

Discussions begin on allocation of $9million for languages. PDF Print E-mail
As a result, the ATSIC Board agreed to allocate an additional $9 million over three years, commencing in 1998/99. In opening discussions relating to the distribution of funds, ATSIC has referred to recommendations contained in a number of key reports of recent years.
Do you have news for the Voice of the Land? PDF Print E-mail
This newsletter is here to up-date news on language work around the country. So we'd like to know what's happening in your area. How about a photo of the staff at your centre, or an article about your school's activities. Do you know anyone in your community with an interesting story to tell? Even just a neat photo from one of your recent community events can be worth showing. You don't have to write anything if you don't want to - just let us know the story is there and we'll do the rest.

So how about phoning 07 38070885 or fax 07 38078922 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send this slip to
Faith Baisden PO Box 1429 Beenleigh Qld 4207.
More schools join WA program PDF Print E-mail
WA Program
The dynamics of successful language teaching programs are highlighted in the latest video from the Western Australian Department of Education.

Living Languages. Aboriginal Language programs in Education, features colourful snapshots of the diverse teaching methods employed in a number of schools throughout the State, which are involved in the LOTE Indigenous Languages program. Through the LOTE 2000 Policy, the Education Department is committed to supporting the promotion and expansion of the teaching of Aboriginal languages. Guidelines exist for schools seeking to enter the program, to ensure the availability of resources such as local language teachers and printed material.

Contacts PDF Print E-mail

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language Centres and related organisations


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation of Languages.
PO Box 1429
Beenleigh QLD 4207 Ph. 07 38078933 Fax. 07 38078922

Your FATSIL delegates PDF Print E-mail

Lester Coyne

20 Bowman St.
South Perth WA 6151
08 9367 9304
OP 9367 9266 fax.