Learning, or learning about, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is an important step in gaining a deeper understanding of the diversity and significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, identities, cultures and contributions. These learnings also provide a unique opportunity for students and children to reflect on their own ways of knowing and being in the world, while acquiring:
• Communication skills in the language being learnt, as well as potential to enhance literacy skills in English.
• An appreciation of the role of languages in intra- and inter-cultural communication, relationship-building and identity-building.
• Stronger capacity for inter-cultural awareness, empathy and respect.
• A capability for reflection on the importance of language use, language learning and language maintenance or revitalisation.
Providing students and children with opportunities to learn – and learn about – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages can enhance their understanding and connections to the Country on which your [SCHOOL_TYPE] is located, and local cultural identities. The Australian Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages recognises the direct links and deep connection between languages, Country and identity.