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    According to Bloomsbury International (2014), “Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around four thousand new words are added to the English dictionary every year.” Language is a way for people to communicate with those around them, sharing notions and conventions of those from the same cultural backgrounds and spreading this so others can learn (Corder, 2013). The way language is communicated varies depending on the environment and context involved; it can be spoken, written, and gestured using signs and signals (Gee & Hayes, 2011). Language is multi-dimensional with over seven thousand living languages spoken worldwide today (Lewis et al., 2016) the diversity is vast; English is…

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    with their own identities and individual use of Australian English. It is important to highlight these differences and identities by celebrating the fact that Australians from various states and territories use their own form of Australian English, rather than creating a national identity which instead does not bring out these differences. By…

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    both American and Australian English are the same language, it might seem very strange how different the 2 dialects are. Both derive from British English, and are largely similar. Yet, there’s no denying that there are some very obvious differences. It can be said that the main reason is due to the fact that Australian English (as with other varieties, such as New Zealand English) have had less time to come into its own form as compared to America English. Hence, while Australian English has…

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    written language can commonly be ‘misunderstood’ or taken out of ‘context’, especially when the reader does not understand the context in which it was written. Variations of English Language. There is no ‘universal’, ‘global’, or ‘world standard’ English language, however different variations and dialects of English are used all around the world. Varieties of the same language, such as English are different from each other, but still understandable to speakers of another variety of that…

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    Indigenous Education

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    scores for Indigenous students are much lower than that of Australian students as a whole. The author believes educators are faced with the challenge to adjust their strategies to help increase the literacy levels of Indigenous students. Ordinary teaching practices appear to fail for many Indigenous students. One reason cited by Harrison and Sellwood (2016) is that the attendance numbers of Indigenous students are low. School attendance for a number of Indigenous students is irregular.…

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    Commonly, Standard Australian English (SAE) is used as a first language in Australian schools (Hanlen, 2010). However, Standard Australian English is not a first language for Indigenous students and in fact the most common language spoken by Aboriginal Australians is Aboriginal English (AE). Why do we need Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and how can teachers assist students to attain the essential language to break down barriers to a mainstream world? Aboriginal English is…

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    The Rabbit Proof Fence

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    disempowerment has been perpetuated and depicted in many important texts. The Rabbits, Australian National Anthem, and The Rabbit Proof Fence are three such texts that use language to…

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    stigma that has stemmed from the disdained treatment that the Aboriginal people received from the first English “settlers” in 1788. The vast difference between these two cultures has led to a conflict filled chapter of Australian history that is often over looked. These divided cultures created two very different…

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    Smith (2015) described intelligence to be defined by culture. So if culture is an underlying factor of intelligence it can become a problematic issue when assessing Indigenous Australians. Gardener’s multiple intelligence theory, along with Charles Spearman’s g factor theory and Lewis Terman Standford-Binet scales are all underlying theories which all address the same issues in the accuracy of assessments. Literature suggest that language, literacy skills, education and cultural norms across…

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    played a major role in negatively impacting the lives of Aborigines in Australia to a great extent. They used the social Darwinist theories as an excuse for the white Australians to apply Darwinist theories like 'survival of the fittest' and 'white superiority' and the overall ill-treatment of the Aborigines. They believed that because of their primitive lifestyle and culture they should be segregated so it was easier to hunt them down and change the mindset sets of the half caste children.…

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