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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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EDUCATION LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH The progressive implementation of the Government's policy on Languages Other Than English (LOTE) continued during 1991, with school councils, parents, teachers, principals and senior administrators continuing to view very positively the place of languagesparticularly Asian languagesin the school curriculum However, some difficulty in implementing the policy was experienced because of the continuing shortage of both suitably qualified and experienced teachers and appropriate curriculum materials. Addressing these problems, with a view to seeing them significantly alleviated by the beginning of 1993, was a major priority during the year. In 1991, 7 838 Northern Territory students studied languages other than English (excluding Aboriginal languages taught in bilingual schools and languages taught in ethnic schools) in 36 primary and twenty secondary schools and colleges. The numbers of students were as follows: Approximate number of Aboriginal students involved in bilingual programs 3000 Students studying in ethnic schools 600 Students studying LOTE in NT primary and secondary schools and colleges 7 838 Total number of students studying LOTE 11438 Total school enrolments 34154 Percentage of students studying LOTE 33.5 per cent Through funding from the Asian Studies Council, 22 teachers attended intensive language and culture courses in Asia. The council also approved the payment of study awards to eight teachers who chose to attend courses at tertiary institutions within Australia, bringing the overall total of teachers who took part in these programs to the Northern Territory's highest ever annual total of thirty participants. In August, a further initiative in the professional development program for NT teachers brought the arrival in Darwin of a specialist in the teaching of Japanese as