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Inquiry Question

What was school like for our grandparents?
How has it changed?
What is the same?

Resources

ABC Education

This resource includes:

  • Video
  • Questions for Before, During and After viewing
  • Next steps

Link: Video - School in the 1940's
 

The clip below shows a group of children on their first day of school in 1974.

This resource includes:

  • Video
  • Questions for Before, During and After viewing
  • Next steps

Link: First Day Jitters

Behind the News

What does the job of teaching actually involve and how has it's changed over the past hundred years?

Link: Video Teaching changes

Considerations and strategies for EAL Learners

Not all EAL/D students will have access to their family histories. Some notions, such as leisure, are particular to more affluent or Western traditions, and will need explaining. Organise activities that are inclusive of the experiences of all students in the classroom.

As well as time words such as ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, English uses tense in verbs to tell when in time something has happened – in the past, present or future. This is not true of all languages. All EAL/D students will require additional explicit instruction in understanding the ways that verbs are changed to speak about the past, present and future, but it is a skill developed late in the EAL/D learning progression and is not fully mastered by native English speakers until the latter years of primary school.

Carefully monitor the questioning of EAL/D students, and explicitly teach English question forms with models of the structure of questions required for the chosen activity. Focus on questions that simply change word order. ‘Is it new?’ is recommended for students in the Beginning and Emerging phases.

Link: ACARA English as an Additional Language or Dialect Teacher Resource