Indigenous language landscapes, social connectedness and classroom practice in Australia

Curro, Gina, and McTaggart, Robin (2011) Indigenous language landscapes, social connectedness and classroom practice in Australia. In: Dashwood, Ann, and Son, Jeong-Bae, (eds.) Language, Culture and Social Connectedness. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 17-34.

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In this paper we revisit our own research to extend understanding of the social context of language landscapes of Australian Indigenous students. The disconnection between home and school languages or discourses is made explicit. "One of the areas of greatest diversity to confront teachers... are the 'language landscapes' surrounding the children [in Indigenous communities]" (Simpson & Wigglesworth, 2008, p. 1). We argue that without knowing about the process of language socialisation in the Australian Indigenous multilingual landscape, teachers will remain powerless with respect to improving classroom practice. In Indigenous settings, especially in remote communities, children hear a variety of languages in many different contexts and the language landscape is rapidly changing. Our study addresses the belated realisation by educators that many Indigenous Australian students speak very little Standard Australian English (SAE) outside classrooms.

Item ID: 21299
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4438-2992-2
Keywords: Indigenous language socialisation, multilingual landscapes, invisibility of creoles and other language varieties, Standard Australian English, Australian Indigenous students
Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 06:25
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL) @ 70%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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