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2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Dear colleagues,
This year, the United Nations chose to dedicate a whole year to Indigenous Languages.
“It is through language that we communicate with the world, define our identity, express our history and culture, learn, defend our human rights and participate in all aspects of society, to name but a few.
Through language, people preserve their community’s history, customs and traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking, meaning and expression. They also use it to construct their future. Language is pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, good governance, peace building, reconciliation, and sustainable development.
A person’s right to use his or her chosen language is a prerequisite for freedom of thought, opinion and expression, access to education and information, employment, building inclusive societies, and other values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Many of us take it for granted that we can conduct our lives in our home languages without any constraints or prejudice. But this is not the case for everyone. ” UNESCO.
ATESOL NT are calling Expressions of Interest for Language Champions to encourage urgent action to speak, revitalise and promote Indigenous Languages, especially here in the NT.
Language Champions can share their stories and support those who engage with Indigenous languages and inform the wider community of the importance of establishing links between language, education and inclusion.
If you are interested in becoming a champion, please send us a line: (admin@atesolnt.org.au) telling us why.
Your ATESOL NT Committee.



The response to the adult ESL survey has been good with responses totalling 349 (ACT 27; NSW 86; NT 3; Qld 68; SA 43; Tas 19; Vic 70; WA 33). 121 people work in the AMEP, 44 in the SEE Program, and 87 in both Programs.

These results are less impressive when we see that only 66% of respondents (230) completed the survey. The ACTA Executive would be extremely grateful if those who didn’t have time to complete it would log back in and finish it off.

The results would also be much more powerful if we could increase the numbers from the SEE Program and across the States and Territories.

The closing date for responses is now extended to midnight Monday 28th January. If you did not click DONE at the end of the survey, YOUR RESPONSES ARE STILL ” LIVE”: just use the same computer and search engine, and click on the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMR5QTQ) to be taken back to where you left off.

And if you have not already done the survey, please consider giving it about 40 minutes of your time over the summer break! And please SPREAD THE WORD to anyone you know in these Programs encouraging them to participate. They do not need to belong to an ACTA affiliate to participate. We’d love to have more respondents from outside the capital cities too!

Let’s make this survey such a HUGE success that ITS RESULTS SIMPLY CAN’T BE IGNORED!!

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