Language Investigations

Author: Wayne Sawyer (editor), Publisher: Phoenix

Language Investigations is a resource book for teachers  specifically focused on meeting the requirements of The Australian Curriculum: English. The material is presented in a flexible way that allows teachers to use the information, ideas and activities at different year levels and with students of different ability levels.  Each chapter contains multiple activities: some are  quite specific, others open ended. Some chapters will be integrated units; others will be a succession of discrete activities on the chapter topic.

This is a book which not only provides teachers with assistance in implementing the Australian Curriculum: English but can also make the study of English and language interesting  and relevant to students.

It has 25 practical units which individually and together explain and address terms like the following, referred to in the curriculum:

  • accent
  • dialect
  • monologue
  • satire
  • adjective
  • dialogue
  • myth
  • setting
  • adverb
  • ellipsis
  • narrative
  • sentence structure
  • allegory
  • idiom
  • nominalisation
  • spelling roots (Greek/Latin)
  • allusion
  • imagery
  • noun/abstract noun
  • Standard Australian English
  • analogy
  • innuendo
  • parody
  • stanza
  • apposition
  • intertextuality
  • point of view
  • suffix
  • characterisation
  • juxtaposition
  • prefix
  • symbolism
  • clause/embedded clause
  • metaphor/extended metaphor
  • prepositional phrase
  • theme (grammatical)
  • cohesion
  • metonymy
  • pun
  • topic sentence
  • contrast
  • modality
  • rhythm
  • verb
  • voice

The chapters are:

  • Introduction
  • Connotation
  • Language of the Self: Autobiography and Memoir
  • The Language of Poetry (1)
  • The Language of Life Writing
  • Wordsmithing
  • Changing Language
  • The Evolution of the English Language
  • The Language of Advocacy
  • The Language of Shakespeare: Across Different Times, Forms, Cultures
  • It’s a Wild World: The Language of Representing the  Natural World
  • Monitoring Language
  • Vocabulary Development
  • The Language of Involvement: Fan Fiction, Blogs and Social Media
  • The Language of the Personal Essay
  • Spelling
  • George Orwell
  • The Language of Poetry (2)
  • The Language of Propaganda: Fictional Worlds
  • The Language of Gaming
  • The Language of Propaganda: The Real World
  • Names
  • Grammar
  • The Language of Adolescent Picture Books
  • Irony and Satire
  • Glossary
More Information
Date of Publication 2012
ISBN 9781921586101
Subject English