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Language learning in the community

Language research and language learning by adults in the community are important foundations for successful language programs in schools. Community-based language projects help adults to revive and relearn their languages. They can then become teachers of their languages and work on school-based language programs.

For advice and funding for community-based language projects, there are two main sources, one state and one federal government:

Aboriginal Languages Research and Resources Centre
Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Level 13, Tower B, Centennial Plaza
280 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9219 0700
Toll Free: 1800 019 998
Web: www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au, www.daa.nsw.gov.au/landandculture/language.html

Indigenous Languages and Culture Section
Arts Training and Indigenous Arts & Culture Branch
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 2154, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Tel: 02 6271 1000
Web: www.arts.gov.au/arts_culture_and_languages

TAFE NSW has developed three nationally accredited certificates in Aboriginal language/s. These have been available since 2007. For details contact the Aboriginal programs manager for your nearest campus or institute of TAFE

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