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Arabic settlement in Australia
Migration from Arabic nations to Australia has a complex and multifaceted history. As a region, the 22 members of the Arab League (as of 2021) are Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Languages are complex and dialect differences within nations are common.
An example of early Arabic immigration is the story of the Afghani cameleers. The minaret of a mosque arises out of the MacDonnell Ranges. It stands in Alice Springs and is called the Afghan Mosque. Four thousand cameleers arrived in outback Australia between 1860 and 1930, bringing their camels with them. Many of the cameleers were Afghanis, while there were also Pakistanis and Indian nationals.
- Have students write an article about a mystery (real or imagined). Use this exercise to make students consider writing style and tone. Students will need to demonstrate a range of writing and grammatical styles and consider the tone of the article, the audience and the purpose of the article.
- Discuss the ways different language newspapers might be affected by the delivery of information from the land of origin.
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