English / Year 2 / Language / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that spoken, visual and written forms of language are different modes of communication with different features and their use varies according to the audience, purpose, context and cultural background (ACELA1460)

Elaborations
  • identifying examples and features of different kinds of spoken, non-verbal, written and visual communication from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and from several Asian cultures within Australia, and associating those features with particular communities
  • recognising some phrases in the languages of the class and community, for example greetings and expressions of politeness
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Text types,  Text purpose,  Spoken texts,  Visual texts,  Cultural contexts

Teacher resource

Playing with texts

This teaching resource contains a variety of interactive activities that will engage your early years students with narrative and informative texts. Use its selection of enjoyable game-based learning experiences to explore text types, characters, settings, narrative sequencing, story mapping and strategies for adding meaning ...

Teacher resource

Viewing map of development

This is a comprehensive description of six phases in student development of the viewing mode - beginning, early, exploratory, consolidating, proficient and advanced. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and intended to help teachers map students’ progress in viewing, the resource emphasises ...

Teacher resource

Viewing resource book

This is a resource book intended to support teachers in understanding and teaching viewing. Part of the internationally recognised ‘First Steps’ literacy program and a companion resource for the ‘Viewing map of development’, its goal is that students become competent, independent and critical users of multimodal texts. ...

Moving Image

Decoding Chinese calligraphy

This resource is a video titled ‘Decoding Chinese Calligraphy’ that shows master Chinese calligrapher Cai Xingyi demonstrating the five major scripts of Chinese calligraphy. Set to traditional Chinese music, the video shows the word ‘Autumn’ being written in each of the scripts - Seal, Clerical, Standard, Semicursive and ...

Interactive Resource

Nursery Rhymes with Story Time - iTunes app

Read or listen to seven nursery rhymes. Interact with the images on each page. Free when reviewed 5/6/15.

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it happen: find Honey

Honey is missing. Create a notice to let people know your dog is lost. Include a statement, photo and important details such as contact address and phone number. Select places to put up the notice. Consider the replies to your notice when deciding where to look for Honey. Look for Honey at the locations on the map. Check ...

Teacher resource

Storytelling traditions - unit of work

In this unit of work, students learn about storytelling traditions and how they may be used to pass on important cultural knowledge, such as Dreaming. They listen to, read and view traditional stories now told using writing, illustrations and digital forms. They respond to the stories by creating oral, written and visual ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it happen: give away a bike

It’s time to give away a bike that you have outgrown. Create a notice to find someone to give your bike to. Include a statement, photo and important details such as contact address and phone number. Select places to put up the notice. Consider the replies to your notice when deciding who to give the bike to. Look for the ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it happen: find a dog-walker

Honey the dog needs someone to walk her in the mornings. Create a notice to find someone to walk Honey. Include a statement, photo and important details such as contact address and phone number. Select places to put up the notice. Consider the replies to your notice when deciding who is to walk Honey. Look for the dog-walker ...

Interactive resource

Make it happen: plan a clean-up

Prepare an invitation to a clean-up and picnic. Include a statement, photo and important details such as address, phone number and date. Choose items to buy for the clean-up and picnic. Use a map to select shops where you can buy the things you need. Complete a photo album of the clean-up by selecting captions to match ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it happen: plan a party

Prepare an invitation to your birthday party. Include a statement, photo and important details such as address, phone number and reply date. Choose items of food to buy for the party. Use a map to select shops where you can buy the food you need. Complete a photo album of the party by selecting captions to match the photos.

Interactive resource

Make it happen: plan a school play

Create a poster for a school play. Include a picture and important details such as ticket prices, location and phone number. Choose items to buy for the school play. Use a map to select shops where you can buy the items you need. Complete a photo album of the school play by selecting captions to match the photos. This learning ...

Teacher resource

Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

Teacher resource

Frog tales - unit of work

Students investigate frogs by examining a collection of fiction and non-fiction resources and creating a class anthology of frog stories.

Moving Image

Recount

This is a short animated video, suitable for children in the early and mid-primary years of schooling, about recounts. It begins by defining a recount as a text that tells of something that has already happened, and giving some examples. It explains that a recount begins with an orientation (a section telling who, what, ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

My design: talking dinosaur: create own text

Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Add a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. You can change ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

My design: talking car: create own text

Design a talking car to present at show and tell. Create your car by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your car. Decide on a name that suits your talking car. Add a note about your car. Watch the animation. You can change your design as many times ...

Interactive resource

Snappy

Use 'Snappy' to create an interactive presentation. Add your own digital photos, audio files and text. Choose a layout and style for each page. Add a caption to each photo. Your presentation will be saved while you are working. Once you have created a presentation, you can view it in an internet browser, or print it to ...

Image

Advertisement for new model of Victa lawnmower, 2002

This is a colour advertisement for Victa lawnmowers from 2002. It celebrates both 50 years in business for the company and the launch of a new model mower. It shows a very blue sky at the top of the picture, which becomes a very red dusty landscape, and in turn becomes a very green lawn. To the left of the picture stands ...

Image

Victa newspaper advertisement, 1960 - asset 1

This is a black-and-white newspaper advertisement for Victa mowers from 1960. The advertisement has a caption at the top which reads, 'Golf? Sure! Just give me ten minutes to turn grass into lawn with a Victa'. The brand name and the word 'golf' feature most prominently. The main picture shows two men, one at the centre ...