Story books in Aboriginal English provide teachers and students with a unique resource that recognises and values cultural diversity in Western Australia and uses languages of Aboriginal people.
Using Aboriginal English enables students to show what they can do to demonstrate success in writing and provides opportunities for school leaders and teachers to ensure their students’ know that they value their students’ home language. This increases Aboriginal learners’ enthusiasm for schooling and further education.
Aboriginal English story books promote success and enthusiasm for learning. When Aboriginal English becomes part the the students' classroom experience, the benefits go beyond their transition to speaking and writing in Standard Australian English.
Working together using a two way approach to teaching, an experienced writer, Aboriginal students, communities and local Aboriginal organisations in Jungdranung, Kondinin, Medina, Roebourne and Wiluna developed culturally and contextually appropriate story books in Aboriginal English.
The project was informed by the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.