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

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

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


  • analysing 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 associated challenges
  • investigating programs and initiatives that maintain and strengthen language use, for example, school languages programs, bilingual education, research programs, recording and archiving of material, the creation/development of websites, databases and documentaries
  • exploring the role of advocacy in supporting the maintenance and development of languages and associated cultures
  • identifying keeping places for language texts and the contexts in which they exist, for example, in the community, national archives
  • understanding the importance of strong and viable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • considering domains where the target language may grow in the future
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Australian languages

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