Indigenous Language Landscapes, Social Connectedness and Classroom Practice in Australia

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Curro, Gina and McTaggart, Robin (2011) Indigenous Language Landscapes, Social Connectedness and Classroom Practice in Australia. In: Language, Culture and Social Connectedness. Dashwood, Ann and Son, Jeong-Bae, eds. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 17-33.


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 type Book Section
ISBN 9781443829922 (print) 1443829927 (print)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 2003 Language Studies
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Current > Division/Research > VU College
Keywords ResPubID24343, Indigenous language socialisation, multilingual landscapes, Standard Australian English, Australian Indigenous students
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