More Resources on Languages & Education
"Why not just make them learn English?"
It’s easy to think that if you teach more English, students will learn more English. But that’s not how it really works. Study after study shows that children learn best in the language they understand best. That should be obvious. Study after study also shows that where the primary language spoken in the home is not English, teaching them in both their own language plus English will improve their English far better than just teaching them in English alone. The evidence is overwhelming. The government is not listening.
Download a FAQ sheet on Indigenous Languages in Education in the Northern Territory (175 KB pdf)
Below we include some helpful resources from other organisations.
Fifty percent of the world’s out-of-school children live in communities where the
language of schooling is rarely, if ever, used at home. This underscores the biggest
challenge to achieving Education for All: a legacy of non-productive practices
that lead to low levels of learning and high levels of dropout and repetition. In these
circumstances, an increase in resources, although necessary, would not be sufficient
to produce universal completion of a good-quality primary school program.
Read more of the World Bank's publication In their own language: education for all (220 KB pdf)
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