A longitudinal study of the interaction of home and school language in three Aboriginal communities (2008-2014)

Professor Gillian Wigglesworth and Dr Jane Simpson

ARC Discovery Project DP0877762

The importance of language skills cannot be underestimated, and contribute to 'a healthy start to life'. In multilingual Indigenous communities, children must negotiate the complexities of different languages used for different purposes. This project will provide detailed insights into how children manage differences between home and school language, the kinds of problems they encounter when they enter the school system, and how their languages develop over the first four crucial years of school which provide the foundation for the children's future education. Their ability to manage the language of school underpins their ability to lead successful and engaged lives as adults.