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Language lessons improving student behaviour

Date posted: 17 October 2013

A high school in Orange New South Wales that has been offering Wiradjuri language lessons to its staff has reported improved student-teacher relationships, reduced absenteeism and increased student engagement, among Indigenous students. The school principal Chad Bliss reports that the improvements are due to staff understanding the Wiradjuri language and the need to teach Indigenous students in a culturally competent manner.

The Canobolas Rural Technology High School has offered the weekly classes since May 2013 to year eight students, and around 20 staff and community members.

Source: ABC online


Last updated: 16 October 2013
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