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Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Year 7 to 10 / Understanding / Role of language building

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Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate programs, initiatives and techniques that keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages strong

[Key concepts: language maintenance and development; Key processes: discussing, exploring, investigating, evaluating, language building, language engineering]


  • analysing the domains of language use where language building has occurred, considering why this is the case and investigating some of the techniques used, for example, language engineering, adapting sounds, coining new words
  • understanding the importance of intergenerational collaboration and transmission in keeping languages strong and discussing some of the associated challenges
  • investigating programs and initiatives that serve to maintain and strengthen language use, for example, school languages programs, bilingual education, research programs, recording and archiving of material, websites, databases, documentaries, language nests and Master-Apprentice programs
  • exploring the role and importance of advocacy in supporting the maintenance and development of language and culture
  • identifying keeping places for language texts, for example, in the community or national archives
  • understanding the importance of strong and viable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike
  • considering domains where their language may grow in the future
  • understanding their role as contemporary documenters and users of the language, for example, by interviewing Elders and transcribing stories, reminiscences, advice, ways of doing things, rules for living
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
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Australian languages

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