Australian Indigenous students developing literacy and code-switching skills through online communication: A study of Facebook as an education tool
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In this chapter I will examine how Aboriginal students, including many from remote locations, appear to develop their literacy and code-switching skills as they communicate online, specifically through the medium of Facebook. Case studies will be presented of students who initially write only in Aboriginal English, but who with practice and motivation by participation in this online communication, appear to develop their proficiency in Standard Australian English. Thus it appears that publishing in this public domain supports the development of writing skills and the ability to use those linguistic codes appropriate for the target audience.
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