Parsing the Australian curriculum English : grammar, multimodality and cross-cultural texts

Exley, Beryl E. & Mills, Kathy A. (2012) Parsing the Australian curriculum English : grammar, multimodality and cross-cultural texts. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 35(2), pp. 192-205.

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The release of the Australian Curriculum English (ACE) by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has revived debates about the role of grammar as English content knowledge. We consider some of the discussion circulating in the mainstream media vis-à-vis the intent of the ACE. We conclude that this curriculum draws upon the complementary tenets of traditional Latin-based grammar and systemic functional linguistics across the three strands of Language, Literature and Literacy in innovative ways. We argue that such an approach is necessary for working with contemporary multimodal and cross-cultural texts. To demonstrate the utility of this new approach, we draw out a set of learning outcomes from Year 6 and then map out a framework for relating the outcomes to the form and function of multimodal language. As a case in point, our analysis is of two online Coca-Cola advertising texts, one each from South Korea and Australia.

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ID Code: 47430
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: grammar, visual grammar, Australian Curriculum English, functional grammar, traditional grammar
ISSN: 1038-1562
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Literacy Educators' Association
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2011 22:00
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2017 17:57

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