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English / Year 8 / Literacy / Texts in context

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse and explain how language has evolved over time and how technology and the media have influenced language use and forms of communication (ACELY1729)

Elaborations
  • identifying and explaining how mobile technologies are influencing language uses and structures
  • analysing the ways that identity may be created in digital contexts
  • identifying how meanings or words change or shift depending on context, for example the word ‘cool’ is used to describe temperature or to express approval when used in informal contexts
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Language conventions,  Telecommunications

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Challenges and changes in journalism

Experienced foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel has witnessed changing governments and borders and the evolution of communications technology. But the challenge of conducting interviews while undercover in hostile locations has not changed. As she recounts her interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, consider the challenges Zoe has ...

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Science Fiction: Radio Dramas

This resource for students is one in a series of three on science fiction. The introduction contains links to old radio dramas as great examples of story telling. Students are then asked to produce their own two minute science fiction radio drama. A link is provided to Celtx, an application which allows you to write the ...

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Cooking verbs

Verbs used to describe different actions while cooking are many and varied. Learn some of them in this short Australia Plus video. What do you think is the difference between 'chop' and 'cut' and 'dice'?

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Representing Australia's farmers

What image comes to mind when you think of Australia's (Australian) famers? The media often shows farmers facing drought, floods and even locust plagues. Such media reports often portray farmers as 'Aussie Battlers' who are struggling in a challenging environment. As you watch, consider how farmers are represented in this report.

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Gardening verbs

Do you garden? The word 'garden' is both a noun and a verb. What other words in this video are both a noun and a verb? Can you think of some more gardening verbs?

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Digital Careers: Games designer and developer

Have you ever wanted to make a computer game? That's Kevin Chan's job. Kevin works at Robot Circus designing and developing computer games and apps. You can play one of Kevin's awesome award-winning games, QED, right here on ABC Splash! This video was produced to coincide with the 2014 Hour of Code event organised by code.org .

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Digital Careers: Online producer and content strategist

Have you ever wondered who thinks up new websites and tries out new ideas online? Astrid Scott is a Senior Producer and content strategist in the Research and Development team at ABC Innovation. It's Astrid's job to take a digital idea from initial concept on bits of paper all the way through to a finished website or app. ...

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Finding an audience for digital art

Are festivals, galleries and exhibitions outdated and ineffective compared to the opportunities presented to artists online? Paul Robertson's animations are seen by millions at the click of a mouse. The distribution and 'exhibition' of his work raises questions about the traditional mechanisms of the art world.

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Describing household chores

There are several different types of verbs. In this video, most of the verbs are transitive verbs, which means they are action verbs with direct objects that receive the action. Identify the transitive verbs and the direct objects in the examples provided in the video.

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Learn to count in Kaurna!

Presenter Taylor Power-Smith helps us learn to count to ten in Kaurna, the Indigenous language of the Kaurna people of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains. 

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How many versions of the English language are there?

Did you know that in Australia the way we use, pronounce and spell some words is different from the way they are used, pronounced and spelt in America? Can you list all the countries in the world where English is used? See if you can think of countries not mentioned in this clip.  

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Are silent letters part of an evil plan?

The evil magician Wordlock explains his plan to destroy the alphabet with silent letters. Wordlock's assistant Miss Spelt tries to point out a problem with his plan. Will Wordlock listen to reason?

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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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Guulaangga, The Green Tree Frog

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The value of Shakespeare

Many of us are resistant to studying the works of William Shakespeare but we use Shakespearean language every day. In this clip, explore young writer Kate Tempest's passion for Shakespeare and hear her recite her poem referencing many of his words and phrases that are still in common usage today.

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Influences on Australian English

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 English

This unit of work focuses on developing student understanding of the importance of being track safe and the key message 'Stop, Look, Listen, Think'. It builds students' familiarity with the vocabulary and key concepts related to rail safety and provides differentiated activities for writers at different stages of development ...