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Revision: numbers 11-20, age, family

This collection of digital and printable resources revises numbers 11 to 20; the functions for how to ask and say your age; and the vocabulary for family members. It begins with drills to consolidate students' receptive skills (listening and reading) and continues with productive skills (writing and possibly speaking). ...

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Revision: school

This collection of digital and printable resources revises the vocabulary and language functions used in salutations and personal introductions, inclusive of name, age, place of residence and school grade. It provides exercises that require students to apply knowledge in both set conversations and their own, as well as ...

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Life-changing moments: from basketball to guitar

Sometimes devastating events have a silver lining. Brendon Reynolds's life changed completely after a major injury during a basketball game. Hear how as you listen to his Heywire audio story.<br /><br />Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls for stories ...

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How life can change

Explore the remarkable journey of Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, from Kabul in war-ravaged Afghanistan to Perth, WA, then to Looma, a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley. Learn how Akram developed a passion to help 'Australians have a deeper sense of connection to this land'. This short clip ...

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Place as medicine

Many people feel a strong sense of connection to a particular place. The importance of this connection can't be underestimated. In her Heywire audio story, Nicolette Worth recounts how lost she was until she found a place to truly call home.<br /><br />To talk with someone about anxiety or depression visit www.headspace.org.au ...

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Mirror-wall of inequality

How do you define poverty? How does inequality manifest itself in society? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, provide a vivid illustration of inequality in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler is the fourth in a series of eight.

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Escape from Kabul

Discover how a family fleed Kabul, a city ripped apart by factional violence and chaos. Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, describe his family's flight from the capital city of Afghanistan. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler is the third in a series of eight.

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Kids in the Kimberley

Have you ever been confronted by your own prejudices? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, tell the story of how he came to recognise and disarm his own prejudices in a remote Aboriginal community in north-western Australia. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler ...

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The Conversation - Aesthetics and beauty

A series of articles that examine historic and modern constructs of beauty. Articles include historic understanding of Greek beauty; if there is an “ideal body shape” for women; questions of beauty and blackness; body image; and the beauty of scientific theories such as general relativity. Articles are authored by recognised ...

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Revision: describe yourself and others

This collection of interactive and printable resources consolidates and revises the vocabulary and structures used to introduce and describe yourself and others: name, age, address, physical features, likes, dislikes, hobbies, school, family, friends and pets. It provides a variety of text types, and focuses on all macro ...

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Lowitja O'Donoghue, 1994: the Stolen Generations

This clip shows Lowitja O'Donoghue talking about her name and about being removed from her mother at the age of two, the youngest child in her family. She says that Lois, the name she went by when she was younger, was a biblical name that had been given to her by the missionaries after she was removed from her mother. As ...

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Seeing more clearly from further away

Imagine coming from a regional community and being whisked away to a huge international conference in Denmark. Samantha Fielder's Heywire audio story reveals how this change in context encouraged her to reflect on her community and its approach to environmental issues. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or ...

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At home in the country

What is the best thing about living on a farm out in the countryside? What is the worst? How does where you live make you the person you are today? Listen to Jane Gould from Boort, finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people, talk of the connectedness she feels to the land on which she lives.

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What grade are you in?

This collection of digital and printable resources introduces students to asking about and saying where they go to school and what grade they are in. It provides pronunciation drills followed by matching and write-in exercises that focus on using the vocabulary in basic sentences. It also includes a game to discover a secret ...

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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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The secret to happiness

How can serving your community help you belong to it? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, as he outlines the changes that an attitude of service brought to his life. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler is the sixth in a series of eight.

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'A rough, rough gig'

What problems do refugees face when they arrive in Australia? Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, speaks about crucial early community support for his family. Hear too about Akram's response to intolerance at school, and how a committed teacher had a positive impact on his life. This audio clip from Radio ...

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A Kimberley welcome

What experiences help you to understand what it means to be Australian? How do you think Australians define themselves? Listen as Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, shares the joy he finds in spending time in a remote Aboriginal community. He speaks of how this contributes to his sense of Australian identity. ...

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Where do you live?

This collection of digital and printable resources introduces ways of asking and saying where you live, and the names for some principal Italian cities. It begins with listening drills, which contain a song, and continues with simple comprehension exercises in basic contexts. Translations, solutions and vocabulary flashcards ...

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How old are you?: family members

This collection of digital resources and printable worksheets introduces ways of asking about and saying your age, and the vocabulary for family members. It provides exercises and drills to develop pronunciation, recognition of meaning in predictable contexts, and some guided application of functions in independent scenarios. ...