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Reviving languages is no easy task – it needs teachers, a staged curriculum and resources.

Reviving Indigenous languages – not as easy as it seems

The government's plan to prioritise the revival of Indigenous languages in New South Wales is a welcome first step. Truly achieving it will take several more.
Tom E Lewis translated parts of King Lear into Kriol for the Malthouse Theatre production of The Shadow King. Malthouse Theatre

Explainer: the largest language spoken exclusively in Australia – Kriol

It's spoken by up to 20,000 people, but most Australians have never heard of Kriol. The creole of North Australia has evolved into a distinct language – but is it helping or killing Indigenous dialects?
The focus on teaching anything about Australian languages in our universities has declined over the past decade. AAP

New Aboriginal languages course should count towards ATARs

From 2016, students will be able to study Aboriginal languages in high schools in New South Wales – but a clause in the design of the course means grades will not contribute towards ATARs.
Despite few Australians knowing about Indigenous languages efforts are being made across the country to increase awareness of them. AAP

Some Australian Indigenous languages you should know

Most Australians cannot manage the name of a single Indigenous language which is astonishing given there are 250 to choose from

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