The ABC’s new bilingual educational program, the A$1.8 million National Language Awareness Week, will be the first of its kind.
The ABC’s A$2 million bilingual education pilot program will see bilingual speakers across the country attend bilingual training sessions with Australian Sign Language interpreters.
In a press release, the ABC said the program was a “first-of, if not the first time bilingual educators have had access to an interpreter”.
“It will allow us to reach more people with the Australian Sign language and provide a deeper understanding of their needs and culture,” ABC regional communications director and bilingual educator Tara Westover said.
“Bilingual education is about making people feel they belong in Australia.”
The program will also be the ABC’s first in Australia to include a virtual language course for participants.
Ms Westover, who has worked in the field of sign language education for the ABC since 2008, said the new program would be the beginning of a long-term process.
“[The pilot program] will help us create a bilingual education experience in the next generation of Australians,” she said.
“We hope it will open the door to a future where we have people who speak the language and the culture to have the same conversation and have the right understanding of the language as we do.
For more information on the program, visit the ABC website.
Topics:education,education-facilities,education,bilingualism,language,tas,australiaFirst posted May 30, 2019 17:47:00Contact Kate YoungMore stories from New South Wales