Consulting with the Victorian Indigenous Languages Regions PDF Print E-mail

VCE Indigenous Languages of Victoria: Revival and Reclamation Pathway

THE Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has revised and broadened the study design of the Australian Indigenous Languages VCE study piloted at Worawa Independent Aboriginal College. Consultation with the Victorian Indigenous Communities took place during May 2003, with a positive response from each Victorian language region.

Indigenous Languages of Victoria: Revival and Reclamation Pathway allows for schools to target one or more of Victoria's Indigenous languages for study within the VCE, in consultation with members of the local language community.

The target language will be taught using the reclamation method.This method is best for reviving a language where few or no community members speak their language fluently but where elements of the language or some words remain in everyday speech. Students undertaking the study will gain knowledge and skills in how to revive and reclaim a language.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) and the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL) held meetings throughout the Victorian language regions to canvas views with Indigenous Communities and key stakeholders about the viability of the study design and their willingness to allow their language to be taught at VCE level.

Consultations were held at Dandenong, Mildura, Healesville, Robinvale, North Geelong, Bairnsdale, Swan Hill, Mooroopna, Warnambool, Balranald, Echuca, Glenroy,Wondonga, Ballarat, Bendigo, Morwell.

The following groups were contacted and participated in the consultation:

  • LAECG's
  • Koorie Education Development
  • Officers
  • Kode schools
  • VAEAI and VACL

A cross section of community members were also briefed.

Around 120 people attended the meetings and presentations were also made to a variety of groups such as the Koori Early Childhood Officers briefings and the KEDO's conference. 100 people were contacted by direct mail and the study design and consultation questions were also available on the internet (the VCAA) website).

Interested members of both Indigenous and education communities with specific skills in the area, were invited to respond to the draft study design through questionnaires.

Major issues that were discussed

  • Community consultation and Participation
  • Languages for which resource material is currently available
  • Entry
  • Structure of the study
  • Areas of study
  • Aims
  • Unit 1&2 Outcomes
  • Unit 3&4 Outcomes
  • Assessment outcomes

Those who attended the meetings were generally positive in their support of the study design.The draft study design is in the process of refinement to include the views expressed at consultation and is expected to be submitted to the Board of the VCAA for approval.

Community members will be kept informed of the progress of the study design through the VAEAI and VACL newsletters. The VCAA would like to thank those who took the time to participate in the process.

From Aretha Briggs