National curriculum for indigenous languages to come soon

A NATIONAL school curriculum for Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages is expected soon.

University of Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander director Jakelin Troy said 13 of Australia's 250 indigenous languages were spoken across all generations, but more than 100 were at risk of dying.

The curriculum's key writer said indigenous languages needed to be encouraged for everyday use, especially at school.

"If you don't support local languages you are engaging in further dissimilation and erosion of identification, often leading to serious social issues," Professor Troy said.

An Australian Council for Educational Research study in 2008 found 260 Australian schools were involved in an indigenous language program. and more than 80 different indigenous languages were taught. - APN NEWSDESK



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