Variation and change: Students learn that languages and dialects are constantly evolving due to historical, social and cultural changes, demographic movements and technological innovations. They come to understand that these factors, along with new virtual communities and environments, continue to affect the nature and spread of English (see ACARA).

Site Name
Link
Comment
LANGUAGES and DIALECTS
ABC Dust Echoes
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A brilliant site that highlights Indigenous stories, Dreaming stories and Aboriginal languages. There are interactive quizzes after each story. (Some stories are more appropriate for Early Years than others)
Macquarie University Australian
Voices
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This website identifies varied Australian English voices. Australian English accents from adults of all ages from various parts of Australia have been collected to represent the diversity of Australian English. This site highlights the history and changes of Australian English as well as identifiing many Aboriginal dialects.
National Museum of Australia
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A site highlighting some famous Aussie sayings and phrases. Humorous comics represent sayings. The viewer may listen to audio of the phrase.
National Museum of Australia - Aussie English
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A comical guide to Aussie language. The site looks at the history of Aussie English as well as abbreviations, similies and Indigenous English. The user may also select an Aussie quiz to participate in.
WA Government Aboriginal Education
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This site includes various lessons and unit plans to support educators when teaching about Aboriginal culture and languages.
Digital Dialects
Various languages
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This website features free to use online games for learning languages. The resource includes MANY different languages with games for various learning phrases, numbers, useful words and alphabets.
Digital Dialects
English
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This site is linked to "Digital Dialects" (see above), with all activities supporting learners of English.
QLD Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' books
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An excellent selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' virtual books. Many have audio to accompany the story. A good resource to discuss Aboriginal English as well as highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' stories from various parts of Queensland.
National Library of Australia Bunyips
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Aboriginal stories documenting the Dreaming stories about bunyips.
Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Language
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This site highlights the research conducted by The Corporation - focussing on retrieving, recording and researching Aboriginal languages and providing a central resource on Victorian Aboriginal Languages. The site enables viewers to have greater knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Languages.
SIGN LANGUAGE
Sign Planet
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This site explains the difference between some of the signing used in Australia. Auslan is the native sign language for Australian signing people. This site also discusses Makaton signing, Baby Sign and Key Signing.
Sign Planet Resources
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A site that provides various resources for educators, children and carers. Interactive resources, posters, printable worksheets and music sheets are available, some is free and the rest is available on subscription.
Auslan Resources
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Various posters and resources to support educators with Auslan classroom displays.
Communication 4 All Sign language resource
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Alphabet frieze using finger signs / sign language.
Fun Brain Sign the alphabet
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This site requires children to match the visual alphabet sign to the correct letter of the alphabet.
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