Asia Education Foundation


Asia literacy report

The Asia Literacy and the Australian Teaching Workforce report (199 KB) examines the level of Asia literacy among Australian educators.

The study identifies the characteristics of Asia literate teachers and school leaders, and recommends approaches to improving Asia literacy in the teaching workforce.

As you read this report, identify what the six features of an Asia literate teacher are.

Illustration of practice

Watch teacher Jess Griggs, Belmont High School, integrate Asia literacy into her Year 7 Geography class.

As you read and watch this illustration of practice consider:

  • What are the features of an Asia literate teacher being demonstrated?

  • What features do I possess?

  • What features do I need to develop?


What is an Asia-focused Geography curriculum?

The Australian Curriculum for Geography provides a number of opportunities for students to learn explicit content about Asia. It 'enables students learn about the ways in which Australia and Asia are interconnected, both environmentally and socially, and how transnational collaboration supports the notion of shared and sustainable futures within the Asia region.'
From Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority for Australian Curriculum: Geography.


Sample map of Asia opportunities

View or  download the A3 sample map of Asia opportunities in the Australian Curriculum: Geography (PDF 207 KB).

Identify the Asia content being implemented in your classroom to address the Asia priority. As part of the audit, identify new opportunities as provided by the Australian Curriculum to incorporate Asia across year levels.

What resources support teaching about Asia?

Curated digital resources


View curated digital resources that gather together Asia-related web links relevant to year-level content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.



Learning sequences

Access a range of Geography learning sequences for use in the classroom that model the disciplinary and pedagogical content knowledge of this learning area.

Explore places in Asia special to the people who live there.

Examine aspects of life in Indonesia in comparison to Australia.

Investigate how Cambodian villagers adapt to seasonal floods.


Explore the connections between Australia and Malaysia.

Examine the skills Australians require to live and work effectively in Asia.


Use a variety of online resources to investigate Asian countries.

Explore the impact of the Three Gorges Dam on people and the environment.

Explore the impact of the Three Gorges Dam on people and the environment.

Examine the pressures of ever-increasing population on Jakarta.

Explore the mighty Mekong river and participate in a role play.

Investigate urbanisation in China and the impact on people.


Investigate factors impacting on economic development in Shanghai.

Examine the impact of development on South Korea's natural environment.


Learning resources

Explore wellbeing indices and their success in measuring economic development.




Photo acknowledgements: Golden Temple image courtesy of Nicholas Sleep – Foundation Special places; Devon at the Zoo by Pamela Stewart – Year 3 Images of Indonesia; – Floating village; Australia on the globe by TUBS ‬‪‪‪(CC BY 3.0); Law of perspective (Original image cropped) by heiwa4126  (CC BY 2.0) Year 6 Seeing Beyond Asia; Bangkok: A Sustainable and Livable City by Daoreuk Studio – Year 7 Bangkok and liveability factors;Three Gorges Dam by GDS infographics (CC BY 2.0) – Damming the Yangtze at Three Gorges; Wikimedia Commons– Jakarta faces; © Lechua; Plying trade in the delta, Vietnam by Wendy Connor – Year 7-8 Why Dam the Mekong River; The Bund_45  by Ryan M Mclaughlin  (CC BY 2.0) – Year 8: Urban growth in China; 20090427 5403 Shanghai.jpg – Jakubhal (CC BY-SA 3.0) – Year 9: Shanghai a city on the move; Han River – Dolmang  (CC BY-SA 2.0); Year 9: South Korea – creating a sustainable giant; Dharavi Slum in Mumbai.jpg – Kounosu (CC BY-SA 3.0) – Year 10: Measuring wellbeing; tango applications internet by Openclipart.