Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Presentation by Lindsay Morcom

Aboriginal Language Immersion Programming: Benefits, Challenges, and Alternatives

Monday, July 7, 2014
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room A241
Duncan McArthur Hall

Everyone is welcome!

Lindsay MorcomDr. Lindsay Morcom is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program.


This presentation will examine the impact of Aboriginal language immersion programming on school outcomes, with a focus on three key areas: Academic Success, Language preservation and maintenance, and student self-esteem and cultural pride. In this presentation, I will begin with an overview of Aboriginal language (AL) immersion programming, including a discussion of its history around the world, as well as how AL immersion compares to other immersion programs, such as French Immersion. I will then go on to cover how AL immersion impacts children in each of the key areas, and will examine some of the most successful programs to identity what the most important elements are to create outstanding immersion programming. Finally, I will discuss other approaches to AL education and teaching, and will engage the audience in identifying what types of AL education is appropriate in different cultural or geographic circumstances.