Bridging the Gap in Indigenous Australian Languages Teacher Education

  • John Hobson
  • Kymberley Oakley
  • Michael Jarrett
  • Melissa Jackson
  • Natalie Wilcock


The Master of Indigenous Languages Education (MILE) at the University of Sydney has provided the only degree-based training for teachers of Indigenous languages in Australia since 2006. It is an innovative professional development program that responds directly to the disparate state of health of Australian languages by offering generic units of study in linguistics, languages pedagogy and classroom-based research to Indigenous Australians with a teaching degree, allowing them to add Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages teaching to their methods. Whilst the program was primarily designed to facilitate development of the skills necessary for graduates to become effective language revivers and teachers implementing culturally sustaining and revitalising pedagogies, it has also succeeded in fostering the development of a significant number of leaders in local language revival; and graduates have also gone on to become university lecturers, consultants,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hobson
    • 1
  • Kymberley Oakley
    • 2
  • Michael Jarrett
    • 3
  • Melissa Jackson
    • 4
  • Natalie Wilcock
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Education and Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Aboriginal EducationLa Salle CollegePerthAustralia
  3. 3.Consultant Community TrainerResource Network for Linguistic DiversitySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.State Library of New South WalesNew South WalesAustralia
  5. 5.Northern Sydney Institute of Technical and Further EducationNew South WalesAustralia

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