Maps There has been and will continue to be produced many different maps of Aboriginal Australia, whilst there is no current definitive map there are...
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This map of Australia provides the viewer of a clear snap shot of the Aboriginal languages and the region they are spoken in across Australia. Through looking at this map the students can gain a visual understanding of how many different areas there are and the regions in which the languages are used.
This is a great resource to use when introducing the aboriginal language of the community to the students, as the class can explore the map and develop a greater visual understanding than if a teacher was just to inform the children that “wiradjuri is the native aboriginal language of our community”
Once exploring this map, the class can now investigate their local Aboriginal language, I think it would be a idea to introduce the aboriginal language of the community when exploring other aspects of the Aboriginal identity; including the special relationship of Aboriginal people to the land
A great way to do this would be to invite an Aboriginal elder or someone from the Aboriginal community into the classroom and talk with them about their traditional language. http://www.aecg.nsw.edu.au/ is a fantastic website to help you find Aboriginal elders and resources in your community. The students would be able to ask questions about their use of language and how often they use it and any other questions relating to language and the relationship with the land and ways in which they live/lived off the land.
The students understanding can be assessed through a short story they can write about their time and what they learnt from the Aboriginal elder of their community.