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Diversity of languages

Learning Area: English – Languages – Mathematics – Humanities and social sciences ACARA information: Literacy ACARA information: Literacy ACARA information: NumeracyACARA information: Numeracy ACARA information: Intercultural understandingACARA information: Intercultural understanding Australian National Curriculum InformationAustralian National Curriculum Information
Age Group: Primary Upper (10-12 years) – Secondary Lower (13-14 years) – Secondary Middle (15-16 years)

Outcomes

Students interpret graphs and statistics to recognise and understand the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia.

Introduction

These activities give students the opportunity to appreciate the language diversity that exists in most Australian schools and classrooms. Further information may be downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Resources needed

  • Worksheets
  • Internet access

Suggested activities

Download student copies of worksheets 1-3 or display on IWB.

  1. Discuss Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity using the information presented in the tables and pie graphs. (Teacher’s background information Racism. No Way! Australia’s cultural diversity).
  2. Use the information from the table Top ten languages spoken at home 2011 to create a pie graph (Teachers see Skwirk).
  3. Take a census of the languages spoken by students in the class or their families and present them in a graph form.

Additional strategies

  1. Create a profile of the linguistic diversity of your class or school.
  2. Choose a language represented in the school and research its origins and connections.
  3. Choose English words and research their derivations (etymology).
  4. Go to Quick Stats on the ABS website and research the range of Indigenous languages that exist or have existed in your area.

Related resources

Click to enlarge - Pie chart showing figures for Indigenous languages and Australian creoles for the 2011 year

Indigenous languages and Australian creoles 2011 [DOC])

Bar chart showing languages other than English spoken in Australia 2011

Languages other than English spoken 2011 [DOC]

Relevant websites

Copyright

  • Tables: Languages other than English spoken 2011 and Top ten languages spoken at home 2011
  • Pie graph: Indigenous languages and Australian creoles 2011
Date: 2 June 2014