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The Sunday Times.

TEACHERS will be taught Aboriginal English in a bid to stamp out misunderstandings in WA classrooms.

The new training, touted as a world-first and based on 20 years of research, is designed to ensure indigenous children are not wrongly disciplined or lose confidence.

And, it will help teachers who speak standard Australian English to communicate with them.

It follows an incident when a child got into trouble at school for calling his classmate a horse, which means "the best" in his household.

Other examples that have caused confusion in the classroom include deadly, solid and wicked, which mean fantastic, excellent and great.

Edith Cowan University Emeritus Professor Ian Malcolm, who helped develop the resources, said the training would close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous students, while also ensuring Aboriginal pupils felt they belonged at school. Read the full article.

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