Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise that languages borrow words from each other

[Key concepts: relatedness, word-borrowing; Key processes: identifying, recognising, comparing]


  • recognising words in the language that are borrowed from English
  • recognising that some words in the language have come from other Indigenous languages
  • noticing that some words used in Australian English have come from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages, for example, ‘billabong’, ‘dingo’, ‘kangaroo’
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Australian languages

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