Indigenous Languages: History & Communication Teacher Guide

Author: Watts, R.T.

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There was not an Aboriginal language but a continent of languages and dialects. The actual number is in the hundreds but today there are still distinguishing words that separate the peoples of the continent.

This comprehensive teacher resource covers the following:

Background to Language

  • Communication - what is it?
  • Communication - the development of society and culture by means of communicating
  • Communication - the importance of language forms


  • The importance of language and its effect on people and culture,
  • Historical aspects of aboriginal languages,
  • The commonality and differences of aboriginal languages,
  • Differences and isolation causing unique languages to form.
  • Examples of aboriginal languages

Colonising and Aboriginal Languages

  • Outcomes of moving aboriginal peoples
  • The imposition of English as the means of communication
  • The use of Aboriginal words in the English vocabulary
  • Aboriginal place names

Modern Aboriginal Languages

  • Creole and its development
  • The maintenance of Aboriginal languages

A fascinating look and introduction to a comprehensive aspect of Aboriginal culture and identification. By studying this teacher resource students will have a better understanding of not only the Aboriginal but their language roots.

  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Indigenous Studies Teacher Guides
  • Series Number: 5
  • Publication Date: 1/02/2015
  • Publisher: Knowledge Books and Software
  • Subject: Indigenous
  • Audience: Primary, Secondary
  • Curriculum: Australian