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This official site of the Australian government could be used as introductory material for a Stage 3 unit of work on Australian colloquial language. The site provides a good summary of Australian slang, its development and its key influences, including:
- The influence of Aboriginal languages
- The influence of major events and developmental periods including the influx of convicts from Britain, the gold rush period, bushranging and the first world war.
- Features and styles of Australian slang such as comparisons, abbreviations and reversals.
The site also provides a starting point for discussions about the social function of slang language, for example the way slang can make a group of people who use it feel socially connected.
Teaching ideas using this site:
- Students create a guide to their locally used slang, based on colloquial words they use, as well as modern and traditional slang used by their parents. Students or small groups of students could be tasked with coming up with a list of slang terms that they use/have learnt.
- From the website, students consider the influence of the British in naming Australia. Using information from the ABS, students compare this influence to the current ethnic demographics of their suburb/area. This task would link HSIE to numeracy development. Link: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/quickstats?opendocument&navpos=220
- Based on the activity above, students consider the influence of other ethnic groups in Australian language. Use the Georgraphical Names Board of NSW’s brochure ‘Multicultural Place Names in NSW’ as a starting point. Link: http://www.gnb.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/79462/GNB_dl_multicultural.pdf