South Australian students choosing Aboriginal Languages PDF Print E-mail

The Adelaide Advertiser has reported on the significant increase in the number of students taking up Aboriginal languages, while the numbers for traditional language studies have declined.

In a recent report, the Advertiser quotes Education Department figures showing the number of Aboriginal languages students to have risen from 2000 in 1999 to 4118 in 2003.

Over the same period, the number of students taking up French has dropped from 15,206 to 13,341, with falls also recorded in Italian, German and Japanese. The Aboriginal languages being studied include Pitjantjatjara, Antikirinya, Kaurna,Arabana, Adnyamathanha, Ngarrindjeri, Yankunytjatjara and Narrunga.

Also noted was the increased demand for summer courses, with nearly 50 students enrolled in the Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School at the University of South Australia's Underdale Campus, running through January 2004.A summer school course is also being offered for the Kaurna language.

To see some great work by young language students of Arabana, Pitjanatjatjara and Adnyamathanha visit the Wai Nyuntu Palya-Nhangga Nina-Arru
 
Anpa website.The address is
www.augustapk.sa.edu.au/ablang/ablang.htm