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English / Year 7 / Language / Language for interaction

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how accents, styles of speech and idioms express and create personal and social identities (ACELA1529)

Elaborations
  • building a database of local idioms and their meanings, accents and styles of speech for different contexts, exploring the possibilities of these choices in drama and role play, and discussing their connection with personal and social identities
  • developing dialogues authentic to characters in comics, cartoons and animations
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Personal identity,  Idioms,  Accents (Speech)

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Using language to describe being Australian

What are some iconic Australian symbols? No doubt people would say the kangaroo, the koala or the emu. But what about sheep? Have they played a part in shaping the way Australians see themselves?

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What your language says about you

Do you know what a 'bevan' is? Or are you more familiar with 'bogans', 'westies', 'chiggers' or 'boonies'? These are all terms used to describe the same kind of person. How is it that different places in Australia develop different expressions? In this clip, explore some of the reasons behind Queensland's colloquialisms.

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Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy welcomes you to Country

Watch as Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy describes her experiences growing up in Australia as an Aboriginal woman, and how this has influenced and continues to inspire the work she does. What does she hope to achieve by sharing her story and the culture and language of the Wurundjeri people, Woiwurrung?

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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.

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Successfully speaking

How do some people command an audience using only the instrument of their own voice? Why do some speeches change the world, while others make us change the channel? Learn how your understanding of the purpose and context of your speech can help you to engage your audience so your speeches can make a difference too.

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Characterisation in debates

Students learn how to use characterisation and descriptive language in debating.

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Find your voice

Students learn about, compose and perform slam poetry.

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Deep diving into definitions

Explore definitions in debating from the negative team's perspective.

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Marvellous mechanisms

Students develop skills in how to use mechanisms in a debate.

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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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Considering responsibility in debates

Students learn how to discuss responsibility when debating.

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Why do we say 'I'm as happy as Larry'?

What do we mean when we say we're 'as happy as Larry'? See if you can guess who or what 'Larry' might be before watching this video. The phrase is both an idiom and a simile. Do you know what they are?

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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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Visual humour

This resource focuses on how humour is created in images, films and multimodal texts. It includes activities and reading strategies to support the analysis and understanding of the processes of visual humour in texts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–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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Difference Differently: portraying Australians

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how Australian identities and diversity are represented in contemporary film, television and advertising. It looks at how and why groups can be stereotyped in the popular media, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and ...

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Revision: numbers 1-10, introductions, greetings

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets that revises the vocabulary and functions from the previous three sections: salutations, presentations and numbers one to ten. It provides a variety of pronunciation drills, simple reading and writing exercises, and a song, supported by games in the worksheets. ...

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How are you?

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets that introduces the language functions to ask how people are and respond accordingly. It builds on pronunciation and writing drills, and extends to using the basic functions in simple informal exchanges. Translations, solutions and flashcards for essential ...

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Revision: numbers 11-20, age, family

This collection of digital and printable resources revises numbers 11 to 20; the functions for how to ask and say your age; and the vocabulary for family members. It begins with drills to consolidate students' receptive skills (listening and reading) and continues with productive skills (writing and possibly speaking). ...

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Where do you live?

This collection of digital and printable resources introduces ways of asking and saying where you live, and the names for some principal Italian cities. It begins with listening drills, which contain a song, and continues with simple comprehension exercises in basic contexts. Translations, solutions and vocabulary flashcards ...