Understand that Standard Australian English in its spoken and written forms has a history of evolution and change and continues to evolve (ACELA1563)
Investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages have impacted on SAE throughout our shared history and explore words that have been borrowed into SAE e.g. from plants (dilly bag, piccabeen, midgen, bunya), words (jackaroo, yakka) as well as place names (Taringa, Goodna, Yerongpilly). Find out which traditional languages some of those words were borrowed from. Find our about Indigneous words from the language/s in your local area.
Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
Reflect on how you use language to include and exclude individual people and groups you are involved with.
Talk to a person whose first language or dialect is not Standard Australian English including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and groups and reflect on their experiences of language in terms of feeling empowered or disempowered.
Understand how to use knowledge of the spelling system to spell unusual and technical words accurately, for example those based on uncommon Greek and Latin roots (ACELA1573)
Consider words that have been borrowed from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and explore the different sounds systems e.g. Ngukurr and other words starting with ng / ny.
Discuss the challenges of writing down Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that are based on oral traditions with very different sounds systems to those found in Standard Australian English. Reflect on the many different spellings found in Australia’s first languages that have been written down by English and European migrants.
Compare and evaluate a range of representations of individuals and groups in different historical, social and cultural contexts (ACELT1639)
Consider how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are represented in a range of contexts and reflect on the language/s used.
Include representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples and stories prior to colonization through traditional languages, songs, dance, story and reflect on the complex economic, social and cultural systems they had in place to care for the country so efficiently.
Construct and interpret box plots and use them to compare data sets (ACMSP249)
Use parallel box plots to compare data about the distribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages still spoken by whole communities of people in Australia with that of Australian languages that are not spoken by whole communities.
The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe (ACSSU188)
Compare the Big Bang theory to theories from other languages and cultures such as the value and belief embedded in Aboriginal spirituality through care and connection to the land.
Research Aboriginal astronomy and spirituality and stories from language groups in your local area (both traditional custodians as well as those of other local community members with connections to other places).
Humanities and Social Sciences - History
Background to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965, including the 1938 Day of Mourning and the Stolen Generations (ACDSEH104)
Research the practices and policies that impacted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians e.g. Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act in 1897 in Queensland and the impact it had on all aspects of life including the loss of language.
Living and working conditions in Australia around the turn of the twentieth century (that is 1900) (ACDSEH090)
Consider the living and working conditions of Indigenous Australians including their language situation at that time.
Identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS187)
Explore the context of a source such as the Bringing Them Home Report (1997) and the significance of that context in understanding responses to the report (from varying perspectives noticing language differences).
Humanities and Social Sciences -Geography
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of explaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of sustainability that contribute to broader conservation practices Australia (ACHGK072)
Research the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their knowledges and languages, in environmental management.
Explain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of sustainability that contribute to broader conservation practices including the maintenance and revival of Australia’s first languages and their importance to place and culture.
The different ways of measuring and mapping human wellbeing and development, and how these can be applied to measure differences between places (ACHGK076)
Examine and compare different concepts of human wellbeing, including those held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Exploring why the revival and maintenance of Australian languages is so important to wellbeing of all Australians.
Humanities and Social Sciences -Civics and Citizenship
How Australia’s international legal obligations shape Australian law and government policies, including in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHCK093)
Research language rights or the rights of linguistic minorities as part of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Identify whether these international conventions and declarations have shaped Australian government policies with regard to the languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.