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Ways of Being, Ways of Talk has recently been published by the Department of Education, Western Australia (http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/centoff/esl/esd1.htm). It is a fabulous resource, made possible through the ABC Two-Way Literacy and Learning project - a collaborative project of the Department of Education WA and the Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Research, Edith Cowan University. It is funded jointly by the Department of Education WA and the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.

The resource kit contains four videos and a book, produced with the aim of enhancing awareness of educators who are working with Aboriginal clients about Aboriginal English - a dialect spoken by many Aboriginal Australians.

This resource kit is beautifully designed and presented. It is user friendly, yet full of substantive and helpful information. Section 1 offers a clear user's guide and overview of content. Section 2 contains the video scripts which are produced in such a way that informative insights can be easily retrieved and used. Section 3 provides the background papers - these again, are presented with clarity and visuals bring the concepts to life.

We highly recommend this resource. It goes far beyond descriptions of specific differences in language use, to explorations of dimensions of meaning, values, beliefs and world views that language represents. In this way it offers not only an invaluable framework for learning more about Aboriginal 'ways of being and ways of talking', but also clear insights about taking on a 'two way' approach to learning. Definitely take this one out of its box!

Links

A Matter of Survival - Aboriginal English

A section of the 'Matter of Survival" report from the Reconciliation and Social Justice Library which focuses on Aboriginal English as a continuum of dialects ranging from close to Standard Australian English through to being close to Kriol.

Breakthrough in Achieving Literacy for Aboriginal Students

A report of the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp's visit to the Wiltja Annex of Woodville High School in Adelaide where teachers have been able to achieve a 100% success rate for all Indigenous students involved in the outstandingly successful Strategic Results Project (SRP) "Scaffolding Literacy" project.

Clearinghouse for Children's Literacy Education Research

The Clearinghouse provides public access to the products of research funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs' (DETYA) Literacy and Numeracy Programme: Grants for National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies and Projects.

CECLER: Bilingual Interface Project

The project examined the interface between students' first language (L1) and English (L2) as they learn English in the context of schooling. The completed report contains eight sub-project reports undertaken across six universities and research centres in Australia. The Literature Review draws together the threads which run through the eight projects so that particular issues can be picked up in the Literature Review and followed through the various projects.

CECLER: Classroom Discourse Project

This study report addresses the role of talk in student learning and as a goal for learning in its own right. The work was carried out in two strands each employing its own methodological approaches. In the first strand the teachers worked for two years with an educational researcher to explore the uses of talk in classroom and schools serving socially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

CECLER: Community Literacy Practices and Schooling

This study explored the differences in language and literacy practices of schools, families and community groups, and examines the impact that any differences may have on students' school success. The report presents detailed analysis of family, community and school contexts, that focused on twenty families with children in primary and secondary schools. Further, the innovative practices of four case study schools are detailed as they attempt to create school curricular and learning environments that meet the need of specific students.

CECLER: Desert Schools: An Investigation of English Language and Literacy Among Young Aboriginal People in Seven Communities

The project researched patterns and levels in the use of English and aspects of Aboriginal languages in a range of contexts in seven communities in the central desert region. The study identifies recently implemented educational strategies designed to improve outcomes in literacy and language education and addresses issues in curriculum development and teacher professional development for these teaching contexts.

Transition

Framing student literacy
... from this research are published in the document entitled Australian Aboriginal
Students in Higher Education. The Framing literacy research demonstrated that ...

Language and identity

Aboriginal English
... McRae, D. 1994, Langwij comes to school: Promoting literacy among speakers
of Aboriginal English and Australian creoles , DEET, Canberra. ...

Aboriginal Literacy easily oversimplified
Letter published in The Australian 21 June, 2000. While I'm thoroughly in agreement with ...

Professor Paul Hughes
... Paper presented to the Australian Indigenous Education Conference, Learning Better Together ... Research, Outcomes and Action in Primary Aboriginal Literacy'. ...

Indigenous Education
... Australian Institute of Criminology Bibliography; Australian Institute of Australian
Aboriginal and Torres Strait ... Aboriginal literacy: Reading the tracks. ...

Aboriginal Languages of Australia
... Introduction To Aboriginal Language & Literacy (TCG020) Study of an Australian Aboriginal Language (University of ...

Bauert et al, Indigenous Australian children: educating for ...
... Failure to achieve literacy affects further ability to learn and to gain employment,
and thus later ... Chronic chest disease in Australian aboriginal children. ...

[PDF] Bandscales for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learners ...
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat -
... on "Principles underpinning Literacy Development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students whose home language is not Standard Australian English" Hobbs ...

Literacy across the curriculum

Literacy Across The Curriculum
... Information Power Nine Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning AASL,
Home PL Duffy Resource Centre. ... Cross Curricula. Australian Aboriginal People. ...

Indigenous Australian adults' perceptions and attitudes to ...
... Gotts, A. (1993). The multimedia approach to teaching Aboriginal literacy. Good
Practice in Australian Adult Literacy and Basic Education. Oct. 11-13. ...

Desert Schools
... project funding, and part funded by the South Australian Ministry for ... teacher training and inservice for languages education; Aboriginal literacy and languages ...

Language and literacy for Indigenous people
... of language and development of literacy skills in ... which, from an Indigenous Australian perspective, have important implications for Aboriginal and Torres ...

[PDF] Paper presented at the Aboriginal Education Literacy Conference, ...
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... support the view that the Australian education systems ... in lifting the performance
levels of Aboriginal and Torres ... Islander students in English literacy to an ...

JCU - FAESS | School of Indigenous Australian Studies -
... Mal Mclean (QLD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ... of Eli the Dragonfly - A Standard Australian English CD ... Instrument To Assess Early Literacy Skills Among ...

[PDF] SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PRIMARY PRINCIPALS ASSOCIATION
Leading Literacy ...
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... Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework Implementation * Commonwealth Literacy Project * Aboriginal Education Plan * South Australian Centre for ...

Commonwealth Literacy Policies for Australian Schools
... Recent Australian work on the development of assessment frameworks has provided support for teachers in ... Literacy education for Aboriginal peoples has a ...

The Fifth International Literacy and Education Research Network ...
... An Exploration of Tertiary Literacy for Indigenous ... West, College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern ... the Dimensions of an Aboriginal Research Paradigm. ...

Literacy, Numeracy and Achievement
... of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students have significantly
lower literacy and numeracy achievements than for other Australian students ...

The Powers of Literacy: A Genre ... Indigenous Australians, Centre for Aboriginal
Economic Policy ... A Policy Discussion Paper, Australian Government Publishing ...

Dare To Lead - New South Wales 2001
... A bidialectal approach to teaching Australian English aimed at improving the literacy skills of Aboriginal students in Australian English and also raising ...

Aboriginal Education
... policies and reports highlight the importance of literacy skills for Aboriginal
students and encourage the integration of Aboriginal Australian studies into ...

2000 Literacy Conference
... more united and more reconciled Australian society ... level of educational disadvantage that Aboriginal and Torres ... date especially in relation to English literacy;. ...

[PDF] Feature Article
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
... What Works - Best Practice in Indigenous Literacy Education Professor ... AM About 45 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres ... 16 per cent of other Australian students. ...

Factors affecting vocational education and training outcomes for ...
... to issues of language and literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
Consultation with appropriate indigenous Australian organisations should ...

McNamara, Natascha Duschene - Australian Women's Archives Project ...
... English literacy skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: A review
of the literature and case studies in primary schools, Australian Council ...

NSW Teachers Federation: Campaign Resources: Aboriginal Education ...
... officially acknowledged as part of the Australian community via ... to enhance and raise the evels of literacy and numeracy skills for Aboriginal students. ...

[PDF] EQUITY CONSIDERATIONS
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... National Indigenous English Literacy and Numeracy ... 1999, Commonwealth of Australia, Australian Government Publishing ... Education Commission, Aboriginal and Torres ...

Australian rural students face severe disadvantage
... in the Kimberley region of Western Australian, 46.9 percent ... problem was not confined to Aboriginal children ... inequality was the gap between literacy and numeracy ...

Social issues

VICNET Australian
... of Education) initiative to enhance literacy skills among ... 18/01/01 Wirrimbah Wirrimbah Aboriginal Arts & ... 07/00 Yolngu Boy The Australian Children's Television ...

ASA Annual Journals
... of the Fair-Skinned Indigenous Australian Student in the ... and '70s George Morgan The Aboriginal Land Rights Movement and Ecological Literacy in Australia ...

General information

General Education
HSC History Australian Studies Aboriginal Studies Politics Economics Adult Literacy
& Numeracy Literature ESL Languages Science Geography Mathematics ...

Indigenous Cultures and the Classroom
... Participation in Education: Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strain ... In this comprehensive report the Australian Bureau of ... in the areas of literacy, levels of ...

Internet resources for Aboriginal and Islander Studies
... Where are all the Aboriginal Home Pages: the Current Indigenous Australian Presence on the ... of Sydney, at the Fifth International Literacy and Education ...

Australia Now - Indigenous programs: Education, Health and ...
... students reach levels of literacy and numeracy ... the Aboriginal Student Support and Parent Awareness ... 2001-2002), which provides Australian Government funding ...

Educational disadvantage
... Australia and Queensland all point to literacy and numeracy ... communities is 12 times the Australian average -- these ... The death rate for Aboriginal children is 3 ...

JCU - School of Indigenous Australian Studies - Papers by State
... of Eli the Dragonfly - A Standard Australian English CD ... & Felicity Dear, Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School: A ... & Christine Hill-Parry, The Kimberly Literacy Project. ...

PANDORA - Subjects Listing Indigenous Peoples
Subjects Menu: -- Select -- ...

SACSA : Writers' Brief
... levels it is especially critical in the early years where many Aboriginal students
are still developing skills in the literacy of Standard Australian English. ...

Bilingual Education Programs
... to acquire initial literacy in their own languages. Such institutional constraints
on the use of Indigenous Australian languages in Aboriginal schoolrooms in ...

Racism No Way. Bibliography. Title List By Key Learning Area
... English in the learning environment, and to convey how it can be used as the basis
for literacy and language development. Title: Australian Aboriginal words in ...

Racism. No Way! - Tasmania
... ALPEC) aims to improve the literacy outcomes of ... It is an adaptation of Aboriginal Perspectives Across the Curriculum, a South Australian project. ...

AIATSIS - Journal 1996 - 2000
... Aboriginal situations within Australian society ... to recognize and validate Aboriginal culture by ... Keywords: Stories - orality/literacy - practice - heritage ...

ABORIGINAL EDUCATION POLICY
... Students as part of the K-6 Computers and Literacy Class; Aboriginal words into our vocabulary: eg. Migloo - white person/non black; Australian History: January ...

ARCHIVE - SOUTH HENLEY BEACH
... In 1839 there was a group of Lutheran Missionaries teaching Kaurna literacy.
Now ... Kaurna... Australian Aboriginal Studies 1993 No 1 p 37-47. ...

VET
... Some VET courses have literacy and numeracy skills ... about VET in Schools: Australian National Training ... Aboriginal and Student Support and Parent Awareness ...

Australian Government Directory
... range of VET courses for indigenous people: Literacy and Numeracy ... and Bachelor in Health Science (Aboriginal Health and ... 2002 The Australian Government Directory ...

Kaurna Links
... The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry recognises with respect the ... Reclaiming an Australian Language is a longitudinal ... Lutheran missionaries taught literacy in KUARNA ...

Virtual Education: EdWeb
... Aboriginal Education Enfield. Independent Schools Associations. ... Professional Associations. Adelaide Council of the Australian Literacy Educators Association. ...

The Kaurna People
... In 1839 there was a group of Lutheran Missionaries teaching Kaurna literacy in
a school on the banks of the ... Australian Aboriginal Studies 1993 No 1 p 37-47. ...


Culture

[PDF] Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML
... This literacy skill will be valuable in many contexts. ... Page 4. Australian
Aboriginal Cultures Gallery Middle Years, Ground Floor. ...

[PDF] Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML
... the first floor of the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery ... that have been developed by Aboriginal people ... gallery structure and improve students' literacy in a ...

Aboriginal People of Today
... Commonwealth of Australia (the Australian government) has ... school integrates culture with literacy and technology ... Aboriginal leaders teach with classroom teachers ...


Languages

290 p. McRae, David: Langwij comes to school : promoting literacy among
speakers of Aboriginal English and Australian Creoles [Canberra] : Dept. ...

Aboriginal English
... Solid English. [These three Western Australian books report on research on ... NSW
Early Childhood Aboriginal Literacy Resource Kit. Sydney: Board of Studies. ...
Description: A general description of Australian Aboriginal English, including examples of vocabulary, grammar,...

Aboriginal Languages of Australia
... children's schooling, with particular reference to English literacy and numeracy; ... grammatical
and semantic features of Australian Aboriginal languages through ...

Languages
... Islander Corporation of Languages -The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres ... in 1991 in response to the Australian Language and Literacy Policy, to ...

Epinions.com - Aboriginal English - what think you, WALYPALA , ...
... They have much in common with other varieties of Australian English, but there ... Several states have literacy programs for Aboriginal English speakers ...


Resources

Aboriginal Education Stage 2 HSIE Resources
... of the Biripi Community, Board of Studies NSW, 1995 (Aboriginal Literacy Resource
Kit). ... McClish, B., Australian Cultures (Ways of Life series) Macmillan, 1993. ...

Resources
Torres Strait Islander Educational

An extensive list of literacy-related sites ... Australian Aboriginal Stories. ...

[PDF] ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME Grade Level Curriculum Area Overview
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
... ACTIVISTS * SOCIAL ACTION ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME Internet ... au/stories/ Teachers/Students Australian Museum Online ... Textbooks * Time Detectives Literacy Place Grade ...

JCU - School of Indigenous Australian Studies - Papers by State
... of Eli the Dragonfly - A Standard Australian English CD ... & Felicity Dear, Djidi Djidi
Aboriginal School: A ... & Christine Hill-Parry, The Kimberly Literacy Project. ...

Aboriginal Education
... of Studies covering ACAP, numeracy, literacy and Primary ... Also try Aboriginal Languages from the WA ... Australian Indigenous Population : Welcome - a wealth of ...

Didax Educational Resources
... the Curriculum This original book was written by Australian Aboriginal teachers
to ... Literacy Lifters: Book 1, Literacy Lifters: Book 1 High-Interest Activities ...

VOICES
... 1994. Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art. ... Teachers/Students. Australian Museum Online: Stories of the Dreaming. ... Literacy Place. Grade 3 Unit 5. ...

Australian Storytellers - New South Wales
... Pat Dargin - Travelling storyteller and literacy tutor tells stories ... props to assist
in presenting Australian folklore, Aboriginal lore, contemporary ...

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education Network
... equity issues in relation to Aboriginal and Torres ... March 2000 by the Australian Curriculum Studies ... literacy in Standard Australian English; Indigenous languages; ...

Federation of Education Unions Information Centre
... Australian Federal and State Government Sites: Indigenous ... and the Plan for Aboriginal education in ... Site includes curriculum materials, literacy links projects ...

Curriculum Framework - A List of Resources
... Aboriginal Literacy Resource Kit ... teacher's handbooks contain information about Aboriginal English and its differences from Standard Australian English, as ...

Central Australian Aborigianal Media Association
... to Overcome the problems of low literacy levels existent ... problems that exist within Aboriginal Communities. ... and understanding by the Australian Community of ...

[PDF] ACT Indigenous Education Newsletter
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
... Screen Sound Australia Dreaming Reels: Aboriginal Images in Australian Silent Films ... 6248 2006 Parents of Indigenous Students Adult Literacy & Numeracy ...

[PDF] popular titles
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
... workplace literacy (Western Australia), literacy for adults ... is the acceptance of
Aboriginal students' home ... point for teaching Standard Australian English (SAE ...

Homework Helpers - Literacy
... AV808.1 How. Reading Writing Roadshow [a series of videos which look at literacy
in everyday situations] [Sydney] : Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1994. ...

Resource
... The Literacy Cycle Pipalyatjara School has adopted the Literacy Cycle developed by
Sydney based ... This includes extensive links to Australian Aboriginal resources ...

Koorie 2000 - Curriculum Materials
Overview | Curriculum Materials | Regional Koorie Committees | Literacy Links Projects ... This unit is an introduction to the Australian Aboriginal and Torres ...

[PDF] VIDEO COLLECTION SUBJECT LISTING
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
... Aboriginal perspectives in mathematics Mathematical literacy Spensley Street family maths program Migration see Immigration MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION Australian ...

History
... The Australian Issues Collection is a series of ... teaching material on various Aboriginal
issues applicable to ... primary and secondary use; literacy strategy tables ...

Postvearch
... Literacy. Discuss the colours of ochres and the procedures involved preparing
the ochres for face painting. Describe the Aboriginal and Australian flags. ...

Retention

Australian Parliamentary Library - 1995-96 Bills Digest 85
... an intensification of efforts to improve English literacy among Aboriginal ... Year 12
retention rates for all Australian students, Aboriginal and Torres ...