Academic achievement in the Milingimbi bilingual education program

Michael Christie, K Gale, David McClay, Stephen Harris

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Milingimbi is an isolated, traditionally oriented Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory of Australia. A bilingual program in English and Gupapuyngu was started at Milingimbi School in 1973. For four years, children from both English-only and bilingual classes were tested for achievement in academic subjects. By Year 7, the children from bilingual classes were performing better in seven out of ten tests than the English-only children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-314
Number of pages18
JournalTESOL Quarterly: a journal for teachers of English to speakers of other languages and of standard English as a second dialect
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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