Fatsil secures Government commitment for language teaching fellowships PDF Print E-mail
Dr Brendan Nelson, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training.
A meeting between the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, and a FATSIL delegation has produced excellent outcomes for Indigenous language programs, with the commitment of the Government to explore ways to provide Indigenous language teachers the opportunity to improve their knowledge, skills and understanding of the language and cultures about which they are teaching.

FATSILhad identified the announcement of the introduction of the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships programme in 2004, for teachers of Languages other than English, as an appropriate issue through which to draw the Government's attention to the needs of Indigenous language programs, and found a receptive audience in Minister Nelson and his advisor Mr Alan Tudge.

Initially FATSIL submitted a proposal for the Government to broaden the scope of its strategy to include Indigenous Language Teaching Fellowships.The Values and Languages Education section within DEST is currently reviewing feedback received from states and territories, universities, educators, researchers and others involved in indigenous languages education on this and other models to support teachers of indigenous languages.

Consultation and feedback is welcome during this stage of the process, and those with an interest in discussing possible models for training programs can contact FATSIL or Judy Gordon, assistant Director,Values and Languages Education Section, Quality Schooling Branch. DEST. Ph 02 6240 7984,
Fax 02 6123 5660 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it