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Scarcella, Jessica; Burgess, Cathie – English in Australia, 2019
According to the NSW K-10 English Syllabus, all students should engage with 'texts that give insight into Aboriginal experiences in Australia'. Along with the inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cross Curriculum Priority, this suggests that texts in English should develop deep understanding of Aboriginal cultures, experiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Awareness
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Bacalja, Alexander; Bliss, Lauren – English in Australia, 2019
This paper reports findings from a study investigating trends in character, historical setting, authorship and themes across Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) text selection lists between 2010 and 2019. We address the fictionalisation and imagining of Australian history through narratives about Indigeneity and settler-colonisation. While we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge, Reading Material Selection
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O'Mara, Joanne; Auld, Glenn; Djabibba, Lena – English in Australia, 2019
In this paper we take on Green's (2017) orientation of the Australian Curriculum: English and consider what might it hold for the students of Australia. We set about analysing eighteen minutes of storytelling by a group of young 9-12 year old Kunibídji males from Maningrida in the far North of the Northern Territory in Australia, making this…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Technological Literacy, Popular Culture, Civil Rights
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Hogarth, Melitta – English in Australia, 2019
It came as a surprise to me, after an extensive Google search and reading of numerous policies, that English, and more specifically Standard Australian English, is not the official language of Australia (ACARA, 2016c; Lo Bianco, 1987). There are examples cited by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (1999) that state, 'English is regarded as…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, English, Language Variation, Foreign Countries
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van Gelderen, Ben; Guthadjaka, Kathy – English in Australia, 2019
"Yuta Gonydjuy" ("The New Wax") is a children's story written by Kathy Guthadjaka, an Indigenous Elder from Gäwa, Elcho Island, northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Yuta Gonydjuy has been illustrated and published in both Warramiri and English via the bilingual Literature Production Centre at Galiwin'ku, in 1998.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Indigenous Populations, Languages, Bilingualism
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Gannaway, Jessica – English in Australia, 2019
This reflection draws on a non Indigenous educators' first four years of practice in Arnhem Land, to reflect on the varying perspectives that surround Indigenous education, specifically in literacy. Tensions are described between the challenge of finding rigorous and effective literacy pedagogies, while problematising the notions of…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Reeves, Sam Simpson; Exley, Beryl; Dillon-Wallace, Julie – English in Australia, 2018
Since 2008, secondary school English teachers have been at the receiving end of contradictory advice on how to best prepare their students for the literacy component of the National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). On the one hand, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) asserts that the 'best…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, National Competency Tests
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Griffiths, Pauline – English in Australia, 2018
The ancient literary form of commonplace books offers rich possibilities to students and teachers of English in Australian schools in the 21st century. By briefly tracing early uses of commonplace books and examining contemporary approaches to the teaching of writing, this paper re-imagines the 15th century commonplace book as a personal learning…
Descriptors: Self Concept, English Instruction, Foreign Countries, Books
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Bibbens, Timothy – English in Australia, 2018
This paper provides a description of practice outlining changes made to English assessment structures for the purpose of facilitating improved teaching and learning. These changes, which included marking, feedback, reporting, and the evaluation of the efficacy of teaching, were implemented across Years 7 to 10 English classes in an independent…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, English Instruction, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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Dutton, Janet; Rushton, Kathy – English in Australia, 2018
English teachers often feel blamed for low results on high-stakes standardised literacy tests such as Australia's National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Faced with pressure for their students to produce high scores, teachers can react by making changes to both content and strategies which result in a narrowing of curriculum…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Creative Thinking, Foreign Countries, Drama
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Reinertsen, Nathanael – English in Australia, 2018
The difference in how humans read and how Automated Essay Scoring (AES) systems process written language leads to a situation where a portion of student responses will be comprehensible to human markers, but unable to be parsed by AES systems. This paper examines a number of pieces of student writing that were marked by trained human markers, but…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Writing Evaluation, Essay Tests, Computer Assisted Testing
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Dove, Jennifer – English in Australia, 2018
This article examines the publicly available English Examination Notes from the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) Marking Centre, alongside past research on writing development, to understand the summative assessment of writing and the qualities of writing that examiners identified as discriminating between samples of different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creative Writing, Writing Tests, Secondary School Students
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Merga, Margaret – English in Australia, 2018
Silent reading and book discussion about books read for pleasure can increase reading frequency and support the strengthening of student engagement in the beneficial practice of recreational reading. However, little is known about children's attitudes toward and experiences of these pedagogical activities. Qualitative findings from 47 children…
Descriptors: Sustained Silent Reading, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests
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Gardner, Paul – English in Australia, 2018
The 2017 NAPLAN results were followed by political and media attention focusing on a decline in achievement in writing. This article analyses NAPLAN data to identify the locus of the decline. Contrary to media reports in which it was suggested Year 3 was problematic, the article systematically compares NAPLAN results between 2011 and 2017 to…
Descriptors: Test Score Decline, Data Analysis, Academic Achievement, Writing Achievement
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Wescott, Stephanie – English in Australia, 2018
The furore has recently dissipated, however the 'Safe Schools' behemoth, generated and perpetuated by Australian parliamentarians, looms still as one of the most significant education debates in past years. The following paper draws on 18,000 words spoken about 'Safe Schools' in the Australian Federal Parliament from November 2015 to August 2016.…
Descriptors: School Safety, Public Officials, Rhetoric, Language Usage
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