Opportunities to learn an Aboriginal language or a Torres Strait Islander language are becoming available in an increasing number of Australian schools. An aim of the Australian Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages is to support these opportunities.
The illustrations of practice to be published progressively on this page demonstrate Language Revival (LR) and First Language Learner (L1) programs that are being implemented in schools. They illustrate different contexts for, and flexible ways of, using the Framework.
Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages are the original languages of this country and each is unique to the Country/Place on which it arose. Learning an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language provides students with knowledge and understanding and perspectives of Australia and can play an important part in the development of a strong sense of identity, pride and self-esteem for all Australian students.
The illustrations recognise that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, learning language benefits their overall learning and achievements. They show how educators can enhance students’ understanding of language, culture, Country or Place, land, water, sea and sky, and how this contributes to their overall wellbeing.
For all students, learning an Aboriginal language or a Torres Strait Islander language provides a distinctive means of understanding Country/Place including the relationship between land, the environment and peoples. The revival, maintenance and development of languages contribute to reconciliation.