Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Year 7 to 10 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Describe and reflect on how languages change over time and influence one another

[Key concepts: contact, change; Key processes: exploring, observing, reflecting]


  • exploring form, usage, history and impact of contact languages, including creoles, pidgins and Aboriginal Englishes
  • investigating and describing how the language has changed over time
  • observing changes to language that reflect changing lifestyles, cultural trends and emerging needs, for example, youth language, the language of new technologies, the impact of music, media and technology on communication
  • reflecting on changes in their own use of their first language(s) over time, noticing how and when new ways are adopted or existing ways adapted
  • exploring changes in language over time, for example, by reviewing old films from state archives or early television shows that include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander actors
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Australian languages

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