English / Year 7 / Language / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the way language evolves to reflect a changing world, particularly in response to the use of new technology for presenting texts and communicating (ACELA1528)

Elaborations
  • exploring languages and dialects through building webcam relationships with schools across Australia and Asia
  • investigating changes in word use and meaning over time and some of the reasons for these changes, for example the influence on spelling and vocabulary of new forms of communication like texting, emoticons and email
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Word formation,  Electronic publishing

Interactive Resource

Syllabus bites: Exploring Asia-related texts

This resource has information, links and study guides on Asia-related texts to support the Australian Curriculum in English for Year 7, 8, 9, 10.

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Efficient speech: the process of language change

Wassup, bro?Well 'pparently I ain't speakin' right.Will thou ha' the truth on't?We often think that only young people speak in abbreviated forms, but the truth is people have been doing this since Anglo-Saxon times! In this clip discover with Professor Kate Burridge some words that belong to the 'zero plurals' group, why ...

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Preserving Aboriginal languages

Explore some of the challenges facing many Aboriginal languages and how one man is trying to preserve these 'ancient words'. Consider, too, why languages are important.

Teacher resource

Identity and Cultural Diversity

This resource is a professional development package which focuses on global education concepts of identity and cultural diversity through the subject of English for Years 7-10. It provides a range of activities that support cross-curriculum integration, with syllabus programming, quick lesson ideas,a series of lessons, ...

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History of the English language

This is a film and accompanying case study about the origin and development of the English language, especially the great number of words it has borrowed from other languages. Beginning with the source Indo-European languages, the film traces the birth and growth of English through the invasions of Britain and subsequent ...

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Inanimate Alice episode 1: China

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 1, Alice is living with her parents in a remote region of northern China when her father goes missing.

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Words ending in '-graphy'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of six words illustrating the spelling of multisyllabic words ending in '-graphy'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The ...

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BBC Skillswise: using '-able' or '-ible' endings - worksheet

This is a single-screen worksheet about adding the correct '-able' or '-ible' word ending to common adjectives. The worksheet contains three passages of text that can be printed for students to add the correct ending to incomplete adjectives. Students can check their answers against an onscreen answer sheet.

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Opposites ending in '-ive'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of five pairs of opposites ending in '-ive'. The opposites are formed by adding the prefix 'in-'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in ...

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Adjectives ending in '-ible'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten adjectives ending in '-ible'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button links to onscreen and printable ...

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Words beginning with 'techn-'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight words beginning with 'techni-' or 'techno-'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button links to ...

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Words ending in '-logical'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words showing how the '-logy' end pattern changes to '-logical' when an adjective is formed from the noun. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and ...

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BBC Skillswise: choosing '-able' or '-ible' endings - information sheet

This is a single-screen information sheet about the '-ible' and '-able' word endings for adjectives. It provides information and hints to help students choose the right ending. The information sheet gives examples of common 'ible' and 'able' words and explains that the '-able' ending is much more common.

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Words beginning with 'acc-'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight multisyllabic words beginning with 'acc-' followed by a vowel and another double consonant. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use ...

Interactive resource

Rap machine: underwater city

Mix your own rap music. Start with some model lyrics and beats. Change each line to make a new rap about an underwater city. View words in either rap or standard English. Choose a beat. Get a rapper to perform your song. This learning object is the second in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Words ending in '-thon'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of three words that end in '-thon' and mean some sort of prolonged activity. All three words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash ...

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Words beginning with 'sec-'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of seven words beginning with the syllable 'sec-', which in some words is often pronounced with the unaccented schwa vowel sound. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter ...

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Words beginning with 'suff-'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight words derived from Latin words and beginning with 'suff-'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' ...

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Words ending in '-pathy'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of five words with the ending '-pathy', each with a meaning connected with feelings. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The ...

Interactive Resource

Words in the 'system' family

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of six words beginning with the uncommon spelling pattern 'syst-'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button ...