Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory: Principles, policy and practice
AIATSIS Research Symposium
Date: Friday, 26 June 2009
Venue: Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Time: 9:00am – 5:15pm, followed by a reception at AIATSIS
At the start of the 2010 school year, the number of hours of bilingual teaching in Northern Territory Two-Way schools is set to decrease by more than half. The public debate that followed the announcement of this policy change revealed a need for further research on the models, achievements and challenges of bilingual education in Indigenous communities. Acknowledging this research gap and recognising that the new policy represents a significant shift in educational practice, AIATSIS will hold a one day symposium to debate and discuss the policy change and its implications. Issues to be discussed include: the historical role of bilingual education; the status of research into its efficacy and practice; implications of the policy change; and bilingualism and language rights.
The symposium will bring together Australia’s leading experts in bilingual education and practitioners in Northern Territory Indigenous schools. Bilingual educators, linguists, educationalists, policy makers and prominent Indigenous specialists have been invited to deliver presentations in response to this recent policy initiative, thus providing a timely forum for debate.
Confirmed speakers include:
Mr. Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner
Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Dr. Jane Simpson, Universtiy of Sydney
Dr. Patrick McConvell, Australian National University
Dr. Josephine Caffery, Australian Catholic University
Dr. Brian Devlin, Charles Darwin University
Representatives from Northern Territory communities affected by the recent policy change in the NT.
Interested parties are welcome to register to attend. The registration fee is $80, which includes catering for lunch, morning and afternoon teas, and the evening reception at AIATSIS. Places are limited, so please register as soon as possible.
Further information and registration information please visit the news section of the AIATSIS website.