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Borrowed words: the processes of language change

Do you know any words from another language? Chances are, you know more than you think you do! English is a polyglot language; one that borrows words from other languages. In this Professor Kate Burridge discusses the origins of the phrases 'short-shrift' and 'lily-livered'.

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Dorothea Mackellar's 'My country' as a song

Do you know a poem with the line 'I love a sunburnt country'? The poem is 'My country' by Dorothea Mackellar. Find out what inspired Mackellar to write this famous poem and how she felt about teenager Christine Roberts basing a song on it. This is a black-and-white clip from a 1967 current affairs program This Day Tonight.

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Persuasive writing: albatrosses under threat

Imagine you are an ecologist who is desperate to save an endangered bird species, the Wandering Albatross. How can you convince people to support your cause? In this audio clip, explore how language choices can have a big impact on your audience.

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Imagining the future: exploring viewpoints

Listen in as a group of authors discuss possible visions of the future. Will it be bright or will it be apocalyptic? Explore the reasons that shape their perspectives and consider your own responses to these ideas.

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Why we love to be scared

Are you a fan of horror stories? From campfire ghost stories to the latest 3D thrillers, it seems that plenty of people just can't get enough of the scary stuff. Have you ever thought about why people love to read stories that are designed to terrify them? In this clip, explore the attraction that this popular genre holds ...

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Checking the facts

Giant asteroid heads toward Earth! Imagine the uproar if that was the headline on today's newspaper but it turned out that the reporter hadn't checked the facts and there was no imminent catastrophe. Checking your facts is of vital importance. In this clip, meet Australian Amelia Lester, whose job is to do just that with ...

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Study English: formal writing

Formal writing is an important skill, not just for your time at school but also for when you enter the workforce. There are many ways you can improve the formality of your writing. Explore some of these strategies in the following clip.

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Visits from a Christmas Island crab

Discover the lush beauty and extraordinary wildlife of Christmas Island, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean more than 1,500 kilometres off the Western Australian coast. In this Heywire audio story, Isabelle Bolland shares some of her experiences of life on Christmas Island and reminds her audience that there is far ...

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Credibility and the news

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Don't believe everything you hear'? Well, it's true of things you see, too. Television news programs work hard to make their stories credible - this means that they appear honest and believable. In this clip, explore how credibility can be established and manipulated.

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The comic book comes of age

Once dismissed as purely for kids, comics have attained a new status of respectability. Graphic novels now fill the shelves of libraries and bookshops across Australia. But why this sudden change in attitude? Learn more about the rise of the graphic novel in this clip.

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Reflective writing: the 3D format

This is a teacher resource describing a scaffolding strategy developed by New South Wales teacher Kerri-Jane Burke to help her students analyse texts and write reflective responses to them. The resource describes the three-dimensional writing strategy - Describe, Disclose, Decision - in more detail, outlining how it provides ...

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Starting Smart: law-abiding equivalents: entertain and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources. It aims to develop and extend students' knowledge and understanding of narratives that are designed to entertain and inform. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies ...

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Starting Smart: capturing the moment: persuade, explain and entertain

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 7-9 with background information, seven lesson plans, activities and resources. The aim is to develop and extend students' knowledge of visual texts, specifically nature documentaries. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the ...

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Sustainability: changing minds, changing behaviour

This is an interactive resource about how advertising can be used to promote sustainability by changing the viewer's mind and behaviour. It is presented as a unit of work with an emphasis on media studies in English. Learning activities promote the use of critical and visual literacy techniques; the resource provides the ...

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Neighbours, Asia-Pacific: helping hands

This is an interactive resource exploring fiction, non-fiction and multimodal texts that relate to the 2004 Asian tsunami and its aftermath. The resource is presented as a unit of work with learning activities focused on gathering information from the different texts and examining how language was used to report the tsunami. ...

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Living with trash: How are our lifestyles shaping and changing the planet?

This is a unit of inquiry made up of 12 learning sequences for year 8 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. Students will explore how the concept of rubbish, garbage or ...

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Researching with Gary Crew

When authors write stories involving historical events, they often spend time doing research. Why do you think they might do this? What are some of the primary source documents Gary Crew used to inform his book, Strange Objects?

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Is it all your own work? Navigating copyright

This resource provides teachers and students with an overview of some of the issues when using other people's intellectual property or copyrighted works. The resource provides an overview of copyright, permissions and Creative Commons licensing; a student quiz (with answers) based on real-life scenarios; and a Copyright ...

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Riddle of the black panther: evidence in favour

Build a TV report for a current affairs program. Tell the story that there is a black panther roaming around a town terrorising the people. Make the viewers feel sorry for people in the town. Examine photos, sounds, witness reports and video clips. Choose footage to fit your storyline. Edit and arrange the evidence. Choose ...

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Web designer: dragons: level 1

Browse jumbled web pages, which are all connected with dragons. Match material to the type of website it belongs to: cultural, natural science or Chinese restaurant. Identify features of the texts. For example, identify opinion adjectives such as 'tasty' that describe restaurant food in a positive way. Match up the title, ...