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Focus question 4: What are Aboriginal laws?

ESL activities

Teacher instructions

Handouts: 12 (read to students), 13.

Conduct activities 1, 2.
Handouts 12 (read to students), 13.

Activity 1 | Activity 2

Activity 1: More than one story

Vocabulary: Aboriginal Dreaming stories, generations, well-being, rights, responsibilities, environment, respect, ceremony, retelling.

  • Conduct 1a as a class exercise recording responses on the board.
  • Part 1b is optional.
  • Simplify the introduction in 1c.
  • For 1d use the story on Handout 12. Conduct this as a read-and-retell rather than a 'dictogloss' exercise:
    • Read the story to the class, explaining and paraphrasing as required. (Vocabulary from Handout 12: trickster, ripe, tracks, warning.)
    • Work with the ESL learners as a small group to construct a joint retelling.
    • Non-ESL students retell, in writing, as much of the story as they can remember. They then compare and pool information in pairs then groups of four as described for the dictogloss and reconstruct the text.

Activity 2: For the good of all

Vocabulary: consensus, majority rule, respectful, elders, side of a story, agenda, action plan, chairperson, manage the process.

  • Conduct Activity 2 as described.
  • Simulations can provide valuable learning experiences for ESL learners. Assign students a role they are comfortable with.
  • Explain Handout 13.

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