This article addresses the lack of research into boys’ on-field language practices in
sport and the potential to integrate this as text into the multiliteracy classroom.
We recount the findings of a small-scale pilot project—“Real Language in Real
Time”—which applied innovative audiodigital recording technology to the context
of Indigenous Australian boys participating in Australian rules football. We
review the relevant literature across a range of intersecting areas: boys and literacy
in relation to construal of masculinity, Aboriginal boys and sport, Aboriginal literacy
more generally, and sociometrics. The next sections describe the research
question, project context, the innovative technology used to collect the on-field
data in real time, and the principles informing the analysis, with examples from
one of the literacy resources developed. We conclude with a discussion of the
implications of this novel study, with specific reference to the project’s potential
construal of a homogenous masculine discourse.