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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how accents, styles of speech and idioms express and create personal and social identities (ACELA1529)

Elaborations
  • building a database of local idioms and their meanings, accents and styles of speech for different contexts, exploring the possibilities of these choices in drama and role play, and discussing their connection with personal and social identities
  • developing dialogues authentic to characters in comics, cartoons and animations
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Personal identity,  Idioms,  Accents (Speech)

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Cartoons

A resource that introduces the purpose and features of cartoons. It has cartoons resources, annotations and activities.

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Efficient speech: the process of language change

Wassup, bro?Well 'pparently I ain't speakin' right.Will thou ha' the truth on't?We often think that only young people speak in abbreviated forms, but the truth is people have been doing this since Anglo-Saxon times! In this clip discover with Professor Kate Burridge some words that belong to the 'zero plurals' group, why ...

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Syllabus bites: Exploring Asia-related texts

This resource has information, links and study guides on Asia-related texts to support the Australian Curriculum in English for Year 7, 8, 9, 10.

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Ballad of the 'Grunter Hunter'

Watch Chelsea Just perform her poem about a time her family's farm was visited by a feral pig shooter whom she nicknamed the Grunter Hunter! In the style of an Australian bush ballad, Chelsea shares her dog's hilarious and unexpected reaction to the unwelcome visitor. Her performance and description of the Grunter Hunter ...

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Visual humour

This resource focuses on how humour is created in images, films and multimodal texts. It includes activities and reading strategies to support the analysis and understanding of the processes of visual humour in texts. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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The Aussie Accent: whaddya reckon, mate?

Imagine a world where everybody sounded exactly the same when they spoke. What might that be like? Are there 'good' and 'bad' ways to speak? In this clip, listen to the opinions of many people about whether Australians have a bad accent.

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Using language to describe being Australian

What are some iconic Australian symbols? No doubt people would say the kangaroo, the koala or the emu. But what about sheep? Have they played a part in shaping the way Australians see themselves?

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What your language says about you

Do you know what a 'bevan' is? Or are you more familiar with 'bogans', 'westies', 'chiggers' or 'boonies'? These are all terms used to describe the same kind of person. How is it that different places in Australia develop different expressions? In this clip, explore some of the reasons behind Queensland's colloquialisms.

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Riddle of the black panther: evidence against

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

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Rap machine: space travel

Mix your own rap music. Start with some model lyrics and beats. Change each line to make a new rap about space travel. View words in either rap or standard English. Choose a beat. Get a rapper to perform your song. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Children and migration to Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is about children who migrated to Australia, either with their families or on their own, predominantly during the 20th century. Footage and photographs from the time show the children arriving in Australia and experiencing a migrant reception centre if they were with their ...

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Rap machine: talent quest

Mix your own rap music. Start with some model lyrics and beats. Change each line to make a new rap about a talent quest. View words in either rap or standard English. Choose a beat. Get a rapper to perform your song. This learning object is the last in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Charles Perkins: Institutions, 1999

In this video clip, Charles Perkins recounts the experiences that fuelled his great anger against white injustice and his determination to fight for Aboriginal rights. 'Charles Perkins: Institutions' is an excerpt from the program 'Charles Perkins' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian Biography Series 7' (7 x 26 min), produced ...

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Difference Differently: portraying Australians

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how Australian identities and diversity are represented in contemporary film, television and advertising. It looks at how and why groups can be stereotyped in the popular media, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and ...

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Food 4 thought

This resource outlines two learning sequences for students addressing the construction and interpretation of persuasive texts, in the context of a series of Oxfam materials about food availability and social justice. The site consists of sequenced activities for students and notes for teachers, one sequence for years seven ...

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National treasures, 2004: Cuc Lam's suitcase

'Cuc Lam's suitcase' is an episode of the television series 'National treasures' produced in 2004. In the episode, Cuc Lam talks to Warren Brown about her journey as a refugee from Vietnam to Australia, via a refugee camp in Malaysia. She tells him about some of the few precious possessions she brought with her: her sister's ...

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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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Woolly holiday

For Genevieve Wright, the first day of school holidays means heading to the shearing shed to spend a day of back-breaking work! As you listen to her Heywire audio story, explore Genevieve's characterisation of herself. How does she reflect her personality through the descriptions of her actions and environment?<br /><br ...

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Joan Winch, 2003: Indigenous health workers

This clip is an excerpt from 'Joan Winch' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series 9, produced in 2003. In the clip Joan Winch - a Nyungar-Martujarra Elder, nurse, midwife, academic and educator - talks about setting up an Aboriginal health workers' program in Western Australia. She asked the community to nominate ...

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Rescuing the past, 1983

This video clip outlines how the French colonists discouraged and suppressed Tahiti's traditional culture and shows that in spite of this it is now re-emerging. 'Rescuing the Past' is an excerpt from the documentary 'A place of power in French Polynesia', an episode of the six-part series 'The human face of the Pacific', ...