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

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Efficient speech: the process of language change

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Teacher resource

Identity and Cultural Diversity

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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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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.

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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 ...

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.

Teacher resource

Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

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The Aussie Accent: whaddya reckon, mate?

Imagine a world where everybody sounded exactly the same when they spoke. What might that be like? Are there 'good' and 'bad' ways to speak? In this clip, listen to the opinions of many people about whether Australians have a bad accent.

Teacher resource

Indigenous peoples: ways of being

This is an interactive resource about Australian Aboriginal languages, with a particular focus on how culture is embedded into language. The Aboriginal English language and other Indigenous Australian languages are explored to reveal that Indigenous cultural identity is strongly expressed and developed through sharing language ...

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The future of the book

What is the future for the print book as we know it? Will it ever completely disappear? In this clip from 2010, Behind the News visits schools and talks to students about their use of ebooks (e-books). Find out about some of the ereaders (e-readers) now being used at school and at home and listen to different views on the ...