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ERIC Number: EJ935383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Australian Dialects and Indigenous Creoles: Is There a Place for Non-Standard Australian English in the Lower Secondary English Classroom in Australia?
Williams, Lucy J.
English in Australia, v46 n1 p21-30 May 2011
There are increasing numbers of students entering Australian secondary schools whose first language is not English. Compound this with the numbers of Indigenous students who speak Creoles or who have distinct dialects, and teachers in secondary English classrooms are facing a struggle to implement the syllabus and engage students. The issue of how to assist students, especially Indigenous students, attain their academic potential and achieve good results is not new and this paper looks at how other Englishes can be used to scaffold students' learning in and understanding of Standard Australian English. This paper compares the current Australian educational context to similar situations in the United States and the United Kingdom to find the best practices for English teachers in lower secondary classrooms to utilise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom