Language and languages



Chapter

How standard Zhuang has met with market forces

Although centred on a case study in China, this research chapter explains a key point relevant to minority and Indigenous language support in Australia and New Zealand: that language standardisation (an aspect of public policy) can make a language less accessible to its speakers, rather...
Guide

PWDA language guide: a guide to language about disability

This guide has been written by people with disability to assist the general public and media outlets in talking about and reporting on disability.
Strategy

Proposed national early language and literacy strategy

Developed by the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition, this proposed strategy sets out the scale of the issue, describes what is happening on the ground in different communities, and puts forward a framework for action.
Report

National Indigenous languages report

This report supports what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have consistently asserted about the importance of language; speaking language provides cultural, social and economic benefits to individuals, communities and the nation.
Working paper

Language use is connected to indicators of wellbeing: evidence from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2014–15

Applying cross-sectional regressions analysis to data from the 2014–15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), this study examines the link between the use of Indigenous languages and a range of wellbeing indicators.
Briefing paper

A new trend: Pacific Island language teaching as part of the Belt and Road Initiative

While much of the spotlight is on the impact of the BRI overseas, this paper takes a unique approach by discussing the start of an ambitious Pacific Island country (PIC) language-teaching program in China, and offering a brief case study of Samoan language teaching.
Video

In search of Indigenous Australian languages webinar

This webinar outlines some useful tools to apply Austlang codes to catalogue records - improving the discovery of Indigenous Australian language material.
Strategy

Australian Government action plan for the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

This Australian Government strategy document includes actions to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from across its departments and agencies. These actions are grouped under the Australian Government's interpretation of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages themes.
Report

Maihi Karauna Strategy public consultation report

Feedback from the public consultation on the Maihi Karauna strategy, held in September 2018. closed on 30 September 2018.
Strategy

Maihi Karauna: the Crown’s strategy for Māori language revitalisation 2019–2023

The Maihi Karauna sets out a vision for te reo Māori in the future. It outlines what the Crown will do to support a strong, healthy, thriving Māori language in New Zealand.
Video

Sharon Nelson-Kelly: Celebrate, revitalise and preserve Indigenous languages

Sharon Nelson-Kelly spoke at ANZSOG's Reimagining Public Administration conference on February 20, 2019.
Strategy

Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) national strategy for language in education and training

Language is a fundamental resource for all learning and a means by which Australia can achieve outcomes in educational excellence, equity, Indigenous reconciliation and social cohesion.
Report

Pasifika students, Pasifika cultural activities, and engagement with Pasifika families

The NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 included a number of questions that asked specifically about matters related to Pasifika students, Pasifika families, or Pasifika cultural activities at school. We have brought the responses to these questions together for researchers working in...
Thesis

A malu i fale le gagana, e malu fo'i i fafo. The Use and Value of the Samoan Language in Samoan Families in New Zealand

New Zealand census data indicates Samoan language use has declined rapidly in the last 20 years, particularly among the New Zealand-born Samoan population. The aims of this qualitative and family-based study were to identify factors which might impact these declines with five South Auckland families...
Draft report

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students: national standards - consultation draft

The Australian government invites all interested parties to comment on a consultation draft of a revised English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Standards.
Other text

Educational Perspectives of Samoan Board Members of South Auckland Secondary Schools

There are many factors as to why Pasifika learners are not achieving alongside the rest of their social groups. Some factors may relate to socioeconomics, poverty, barriers to learning, and a school environment not conducive to Pasifika ways of being. School boards govern schools and...
Thesis

Classroom Teachers' Perceptions on the Role of Non-verbal Communication When Teaching Mathematics to Pasifika Children

This study critically examines classroom teachers' perceptions of the use of non-verbal communication (NVC) by their Pasifika students during the teaching and learning of mathematics. Seven Year 5/6 classroom teachers from the primary school sector participated in this study. They were asked to discuss and...
Report

Humanitarian and migrant youth arrivals to Australia July 2015 – June 2016

This resource provides an overview of the young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds arriving in Australia between 2015 and 2016.
Policy report

Fostering preschool literacy in Fiji's communities

In Fiji’s linguistically diverse context, vernacular and English literacy priorities for preschool children are significant.
Discussion paper

Our stories, our voices: culturally diverse consumer perspectives on the role of accredited interpreters in Victoria’s health services

In 2016, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) Policy Advisory Committee on Health and Wellbeing (PACHW) discussed increasing concerns by health services and multicultural advocates regarding the low levels of awareness among culturally diverse communities about the role and engagement of accredited interpreters.