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English / Year 8 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise that vocabulary choices contribute to the specificity, abstraction and style of texts (ACELA1547)

Elaborations
  • experimenting with vocabulary choices in a range of written and spoken texts and assessing the different effects these choices generate
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Vocabularies

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Study English: formal writing

Formal writing is an important skill, not just for your time at school but also for when you enter the workforce. There are many ways you can improve the formality of your writing. Explore some of these strategies in the following clip.

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Trade and Investment at a Glance

Using an illustrated report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this Teacher guide provides ten learning sequences that engage students in the analysis and interpretation of data about Australian imports and exports. Students: identify Australia's major exports and imports; investigate international trade ...

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Persuasive writing: albatrosses under threat

Imagine you are an ecologist who is desperate to save an endangered bird species, the Wandering Albatross. How can you convince people to support your cause? In this audio clip, explore how language choices can have a big impact on your audience.

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Sussing out the similes in a footy game

If you've ever tried to describe an experience to a friend and said, 'It was just like', you were using a simile. Similes and their close pals metaphors are figures of speech that writers of all sorts of texts use. As you listen to this Heywire audio story, explore Taylor Smith's use of them in his recount of a Saturday ...

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Angkor: exploring vocabulary

Watch this clip about Angkor, an area in Cambodia that contains a famous and ancient temple complex, to help develop your vocabulary. The clip focuses on the effects of tourism and provides a useful context for the study of English. The report includes content-specific language.

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Borrowed words: the processes of language change

Do you know any words from another language? Chances are, you know more than you think you do! English is a polyglot language; one that borrows words from other languages. In this Professor Kate Burridge discusses the origins of the phrases 'short-shrift' and 'lily-livered'.

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Conquest: the process of language change

When the Normans conquered England in 1066, they brought a lot more than fancy clothes and castles; they also brought the French language. Discover the impact that this momentous event continues to have today.

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

Text

Show, Don't Tell

This resource for students explains the importance, when writing narratives, of showing your reader rather than telling, with an example, ways of achieving this, and some follow-up activities

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'The great Gatsby' and all that jazz

'The great Gatsby' is considered a classic of modern literature, so what makes people value books like this one over others? In this audio clip, explore a range of responses to F Scott Fitzgerald's enduring novel and consider the qualities people value in literature. This clip from 'Books and arts daily' on Radio National ...

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Running towards mental health

Would you accept someone's argument if you didn't think the person presenting it was credible? Explore Nakita Sobczyk's Heywire audio story and reflect on what makes her an ideal person to educate others about mental illness. As you do, consider the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle's discussion of how 'ethos' can be ...

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The case of the stolen letters

Join Word Squad detectives Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon as they try to catch a letter thief. Mr X has been stealing letters from signs around the city. In this clip you'll see which letters have already gone and watch some letters going. Can you guess which letter will go next or work out where Charlie goes?

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The Go family

Have you met the Go family before? Old man Go, his wife Going and their two children, Goes and Gone, all live together with their cousin, Went. Find out what happens when Went goes away. Can the Go family live without Went?

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Bob Peep's missing sheep

Charlie Syntax, from the Word Squad, is lost in a field. He asks for help from Bob Peep who fell asleep and lost his sheep. See what happens when Charlie and Bob look for clues. Will they find the thief who stole Bob's sheep?

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Going into battle for graphic novels

Many readers love comic books and graphic novels. According to the four graphic novelists in this discussion, not everybody shares this enthusiasm! As you listen to their discussion, consider how the language we use in everyday conversations can work to judge and even disempower others. This clip is one in a series of four.

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A song about black swans

Discover a graceful Australian bird, the black swan. Watch the images (pictures) and listen to the lyrics (words) of the song by Don Spencer as he sings about the black swan.

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Ian McEwan's 'perfect thing'

What does it take to be a great writer? Ian McEwan is the author of several prizewinning novels and screenplays, and was identified by 'The Times' of London as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. In this conversation with journalist and presenter Jennifer Byrne, Ian discusses what he thinks it takes to be ...

Interactive

NihongoGo - Google Play app

NihongoGo is a fun, educational and easy to use app for learning Japanese anywhere, anytime! The dictionary contains Japanese words and expressions grouped in over 30 categories. Flash cards with Japanese and English help learners build vocabulary. A record function with correct pronunciation playback allows users to practise ...

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Rasa Bahasa - Google Play app

Rasa Bahasa is a fun, educational and easy to use app for learning Indonesian anywhere, anytime! The dictionary contains Indonesian words and expressions grouped in over 30 categories. Flash cards with Indonesian and English help learners build vocabulary. A record function with correct pronunciation playback allows users ...

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Minority groups

This is a learning object that explores the social, cultural, geographical and historical context of some of China's different ethnic groups though eight locations on a map of China. The resource offers two audio tours of its locations, narrated in Chinese by a guide and a visitor, supported by simplified characters and ...