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The Awabakal language of the Newcastle area

The Awabakal language, once common in the area now known as Newcastle, was almost 'lost'. It is being brought back to life using old texts and translations left by an early missionary. In this audio clip, listen to a discussion about the importance of reconstructing the Awabakal language and the challenges this poses.

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Learning Dharug, Aboriginal language of Sydney

Imagine a time when the Aboriginal language Dharug was the official language spoken in the Sydney area. During this audio clip, reflect on how the language was considered almost 'lost', but (and) discover how Richard Green and others are piecing the Dharug language back together. Find out about how it is being taught at ...

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Re-awakening Australian Aboriginal languages

Did you know that before colonisation there were about 250 distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander languages being spoken across Australia? Today, however, the majority of these languages are endangered. Listen to a number of significant Australians discussing the Aboriginal language situation in Australia today. ...

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Teaching Aboriginal languages in schools

Would you like to learn another language? This audio recording features a number of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians discussing both the teaching of Aboriginal languages in schools and the benefits that this teaching offers all Australians.

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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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One English language or many?

Do people around Australia all speak the same English? In this clip, explore the ways that language evolves and consider the impacts that other 'Englishes', such as British English and American English, can have on the way we speak.

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Learning some Warrgamay words

Uncle Bill welcomes us to Warrgamay Country. He shows us the animals that live in and around a natural waterhole he calls the 'swimming hole', and tells us the animal's Warrgamay names. Let's find out why Uncle Bill and his family feel happy in this place.

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Discover the diversity of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Marrin Gamu is a special video created by First Languages Australia to show the diversity and beauty of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. There are five languages featured in this clip: Kalaw Kawaw Ya, Warrgamay, Nywaygi, Yugambeh and Wiradjuri. Across Australia there are hundreds of traditional ...

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Preserving the Badimaya language

The Badimaya language covers areas ranging from Paynes Find, Ninghan Station and Mount Magnet in Western Australia, but the language is in danger of becoming extinct. How important is it to preserve a language? Watch this video to find out the importance of language to identity and culture.

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Indigenous peoples: ways of being

This is an interactive resource about Australian Aboriginal languages, with a particular focus on how culture is embedded into language. The Aboriginal English language and other Indigenous Australian languages are explored to reveal that Indigenous cultural identity is strongly expressed and developed through sharing language ...

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Twelve canoes: language

This is a rich resource about the languages of the Yolngu clans of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller, who describes why different clans have different languages and how the languages differ from each other and from English. He explains how language defines the individual ...

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Talk about rights

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 6 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. This unit explores the changes to democratic and citizenship ...

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GeogSpace: year 3 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The illustrations develop the concept of place into a more complex idea with subtleties of function, and contrasts in settlements between different places. Illustration 1 develops students' knowledge ...

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GeogSpace: year 4 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The focus is on the concept of environment, the interactions within it and developing an appreciation of the need for sustainability. Illustration 1 uses students' interest in animals to encourage ...

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Yarra Healing: Kulin nation - introduction

This is a rich multilayered resource about the Kulin nation - the Wathaurong; the Dja Dja Wurrung (Jaara); the Woiwurrung-speaking Wurundjeri; the Boon Wurrung; and the Taungerong peoples - of southern Victoria. It consists of a schematic map highlighting the peoples’ territories and the languages they spoke, a short description ...

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Indigenous Australians: early vocabularies

This is a multilayered resource about the early vocabularies of the Australian Indigenous languages. The resource presents four vocabulary lists from different regions across Australia that were compiled by early European settlers and visitors. Links provide access to the vocabulary lists. The lists are presented as notebooks ...

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'Let's Talk' series - Australian voices

This is an information page that introduces the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages within Australia and the great need to maintain and preserve this unique aspect of Indigenous culture. It presents some key facts about languages including Australia having one of the fastest rates of language loss ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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Changing Worlds: A South Australian story

This website draws on works of art and artefacts from the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum to provide students with a substantial narrative from multiple viewpoints about the colonisation/invasion of South Australia in the 19th century. The resource has multiple-entry-points and is designed ...

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1860s Colonial life

No TV. No electricity. No running water. No car. Imagine living on sheep stations in New South Wales in the 1860s.