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Do spelling bees teach L-I-T-E-R-A-C-Y?

The Great Australian Spelling Bee is coming to our screens. But what place do spelling bees have in the teaching of literacy? Elisabeth Griffiths examines the impact (or lack thereof) alphabetic gymnastics has on student understanding.

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Referring to people with disabilities: A how-to guide

Ever wonder how to refer to people with disabilities without being offensive? Louisa Willoughby has some rules to follow that should avoid any unintended rudeness.

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Review: The Allusionist podcast

Ever wonder if wordy podcasts are worth it? It seems that at least one of them is. Elisabeth Griffiths has a listening recommendation for Fully Sic readers.

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Negated Intensifiers: Not Super Duper Complicated

They’re the grammatical form to use when you want people to know you’re not really keen on something. Tias Allard looks into a common English form that sometimes slips under the radar.

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Big Brother is watching (your grammar)

Who would watch Big Brother in this day and age? Maybe not who you might expect. Isabelle Burke explains how reality TV is proving to be an ideal way to study language.

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Should we call the Gallipoli campaign an ‘invasion’?

In an interview to promote his most recent film, Russell Crowe labelled the Gallipoli campaign an invasion, causing outrage among some Australians. Erica Dodd responds.

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Swedes and Australians say yes to gender neutrality

As society becomes more focussed on equality, some languages are evolving to include gender-neutral pronouns. Allie Severin and Hedvig Skirgård discuss how this is playing out in Swedish and Australian English.

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Who will teach our* languages?

More and more Australians are embracing the idea that our first languages should be taught in schools. Faced with high levels of language endangerment and loss, everyone’s hoping for a quick fix. John Hobson takes a look at what works and what doesn’t. The conclusion: it’s a complex matter. Language teaching requires not only time and hard work but, most of all, well-trained teachers.

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Flipping the bird? Or just a sign of the times?

During the NSW bushfire emergency this week, some viewers got a rude shock when they saw the Auslan interpreter apparently ‘flipping the bird’ to the cameras. Was the interpreter being cheeky or was this a a simple misunderstanding? Sign languages expert Adam Schembri explains.

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There’s more to language learning than economic utility

Recent reports show that the number of students studying Asian languages in later years of high school continue to drop. Lochlan Morrissey wonders if convincing students that learning a second language is economically useful might be the wrong way to go about things.

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