Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
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a Foreign Language. This appointment was negotiated between the Department of Education and the Japanese Monbusho which agreed to fund the position of the specialist for about eighteen months to help local teachers of Japanese improve their teaching and resource development skills. The annual NT-Indonesian teacher and student exchange program continued, with ten Northern Territory students studying at schools in Indonesia's eastern provinces for six months and four teachers working in Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur and Maluku for the whole year. Inter-school contacts between the Territory and Indonesia continued throughout the year through primary and secondary school excursions to eastern Indonesia. ALICE SPRINGS LANGUAGE CENTRE The Language Centre provided programs for six primary schools, three high schools and Sadadeen Secondary College, with 1137 primary students and272secondary students receiving instruction in a choice of three languages Indonesian, Japanese and German. Evening classes for the public and members of the NT Public Service were also offered in these languages and in the Aboriginal Arrente language. NATIONAL INDONESIAN LANGUAGE CURRICULUM PROJECT Since mid-1988, this national project has been developing Indonesian language curriculum materials for all levels of primary and secondary education in Australian schools. Managed by the Northern Territory in co-operation with South Australia, the project is largely funded by the Commonwealth. During 1991, priority was given to the writing of student resource books, the refinement of syllabus documents after feedback from the project's national reference group, and finalisation of the assessment component in consultation with personnel from the National Assessment Framework for Languages at Senior Secondary Level Project and the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia. Final language checks by consultants in Indonesia began. Development of the student resource materials, in particular, proved to be very time consuming and an extension of the original three-year duration of the project was granted, allowing two team members until June 1992 to complete writing tasks and ongoing liaison with the publishers. Final drafts of syllabus documents for all stages were completed and forwarded to the Curriculum Corporation for publication. Work continued on student resource support materials which will be submitted progressively during the first semester of 1992, while the publication and release of all project materials is scheduled for late 1992. ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES For information on developments in this area, see section on Aboriginal Education. 1991 29