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Vietnamese refugees and their children's future

This clip explores how the children of Vietnamese refugees can feel a strong sense of obligation and responsibility because the refugee generation 'laid out its body as a bridge' for them 'to walk over'. Helen Huynh describes how her parents' sacrifices made it essential that she succeed in her studies. She tells of the ...

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'Making a Start in Australia', 1973 - part 3 of 3

This is a colour photograph of a small group of young children in a classroom, sitting at their desks and responding to a teacher. The photo was taken in 1973 and the children, who are recently arrived migrants, are learning to speak and write English.

Teacher resource

Coaching Initiatives

This teacher resource describes the success and wider applicability of coaching strategies implemented in government primary and secondary schools in Victoria. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Next steps; Lessons learned; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts, ...

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English as an Additional Language: Science Language Literacy Pilot Project

This teacher resource describes a pilot project in which selected Victorian science teachers learnt functional and systemic pedagogical strategies to support English as an Additional Language (EAL) students to understand and use science literacy genres. Organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; ...

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Literacy and numeracy improvement: a whole-school approach

This teacher resource describes how 74 public schools in metropolitan, regional and rural Western Australia used three major components of the school improvement cycle to achieve significant improvement in the literacy and numeracy learning outcomes of their students. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary, ...

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Literacy and Numeracy Pilot in low SES school communities

This teacher resource describes a pilot implemented in 76 public schools in Victoria, including primary, P-12, and secondary schools in two rural and regional and two metropolitan clusters. The pilot aimed to improve the literacy and numeracy of students in low socioeconomic status communities. This included new arrivals, ...

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Making a difference in reading skills: K-2 students in inner-New York City schools

This teacher resource describes a 2008-09 research project into the effectiveness of the AWARD reading strategy carried out in four low socioeconomic schools in inner-New York City. It involved 1042 students, 514 students in the control group and 528 students in the experimental group, in 42 F-2 classes. The resource is ...

Teacher resource

Successful language learners: whole-school ESL language and literacy practices

This teacher resource describes the Successful Language Learners Whole-school ESL Language and Literacy (SLL) strategy implemented in 11 Sydney metropolitan public and Catholic schools. The strategy met the needs of ESL students, particularly refugee students, newly arrived students with little or no English language skills, ...

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Activities: English, Episode 1 - Childhood

This resource for English teachers is focused on a variety of childhood experiences in Australia, and also relates to childbearing and the women's movement. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 1 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social ...

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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 ...

Teacher resource

Differentiating language demands

For this group interview activity, the teacher allocates roles according to different levels of English language proficiency. Those with lower levels are positioned as interviewees, and the teacher guides the higher proficiency interviewers and scribes to creatively negotiate meaning with them, for example reframing questions ...

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Dictogloss for EAL/D students

The teacher guides the class to develop their English language proficiency through a Dictogloss activity that involves listening, talking together, writing and reading back. The teacher directly scaffolds students’ learning through explicit explanation of the task, reading of a model, facilitating oral reconstruction, providing ...

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Analysing language in narrative texts

A teacher of a class of 20 students, of whom 7 are learning English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D), selects age-appropriate content from the Year 3 English learning area in the Australian Curriculum. The lesson is part of a unit of work that analyses narrative texts and integrates content from the Language, Literature ...

Interactive resource

EagleCat: bearings

Explore the differences between true bearings and compass bearings, and use your knowledge to find the direction to Sparrow’s treasure!

Interactive resource

ESL Readers: A mysterious meeting

Read and listen to a story of a boy who responds to a series of mysterious commands to go to different places and wear various disguises. Share his confusion until the end, when a surprise is revealed. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try some follow-up activities to test your understanding of the ...

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ESL Readers: Sick at school

Read and listen to a story about a student who tries to get help from a school nurse for her upset stomach. She is not alone! Find out how the nurse helps the students. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try five activities to test your understanding of the vocabulary and sentence structures.

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ESL Readers: Mandy’s bad day

Read and listen to a story about a day when everything goes wrong. Find out about a student's misadventures as she tries to get to school on time. Use the glossary tool if you are unsure of a word. Then try five follow-up activities to test your understanding of the vocabulary and sentence structures.

Interactive resource

Out and about: city excursion [English]

Read and listen to a recount in English about a class excursion by train to central Sydney. See photos of the places the class visited, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, a toy museum and Circular Quay. Select hyperlinks to see images of key words in the recount. Then try five activities to test ...

Interactive resource

Out and about: city excursion [Arabic/English]

Listen to a spoken recount in Arabic or English about a class excursion by train to central Sydney. Read a written version of the recount in English. See photos of the places the class visited, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, a toy museum and Circular Quay. Select hyperlinks to see images of ...

Interactive resource

Out and about: city excursion [Dari/English]

Listen to a spoken recount in Dari or English about a class excursion by train to central Sydney. Read the recount in English. See photos of the places the class visited, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, a toy museum and Circular Quay. Select hyperlinks to see images of key words in the recount. ...