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Title: Educational failure or success Aboriginal children's non-standard English utterances
Contributor(s): Dixon, Sally  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013-01
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1075/aral.36.3.05dixOpen Access Link
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Abstract: Within the Australian education system, Aboriginal students' use of non-standard English features is often viewed simplistically as evidence of non-attainment of literacy and oral-English milestones. One reason for this is the widespread use of assessment tools which fail to differentiate between native- English speakers and students who are learning English as a second language. In these assessments, non-standard English features are framed as 'mistakes' and low scores taken as evidence of 'poor' performance. This paper will contrast a mistake-oriented analysis with one that incorporates knowledge of the students' first language. It will clearly show that when consideration is given to the first language, a more nuanced picture of English proficiency emerges: one that is attuned to the specific second language learning pathway and thus far better placed to inform both assessment and classroom instruction.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP0877762
Source of Publication: Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 36(3), p. 302-315
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 1833-7139
Field of Research (FOR): 200319 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages: C14 Alyawarr
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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