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 Jane McGennisken, St Mary's College, discuss how to teach the Asia priority through the novel.

As you 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?

Asia-related literary texts

Tiger Stone
Set in 14th century Java, this mystery adventure novel offers unique cultural and historical insights into Indonesia through the eyes of Kancil, a lowly kitchen servant.

View our comprehensive list of literary texts for use across year levels featuring Asia and Asian themes include picture books, novels, non-fiction texts, films and short stories.

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What is an Asia-focused English curriculum?

Link to mapped Asia content in English


The Australian Curriculum for English provides a number of opportunities for students to learn explicit content about Asia. It 'enables students to explore and appreciate the diverse range of traditional and contemporary texts from and about the peoples and countries of Asia, including texts written by Australians of Asian heritage. It enables students to understand how Australian culture and the English language have been influenced by the many Asian languages used in Australian homes, classrooms and communities.'

From Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia in the Australian Curriculum: English.


Sample map of Asia opportunities

View or download the A3 sample map for Asia opportunities in the Australian Curriculum: English (PDF 198 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: English.



Learning sequences

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

 Learning resources


What professional learning builds Asia literacy?

Professional learning modules

Access these primary and secondary English modules to build your Asia capabilities. They include different Asian themes aligned to the Australian Curriculum for English and History.



Students compare the conventions used in the series of Jackie Chan movies with those used in James Bond movies in this English/Media Studies for Years 9–10.




Image acknowledgements: Lotus Buds, Flowers, Pods at Kenilworth (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot (CC BY 2.0); Library by Stewart Butterfield (CC BY 2.0); tango applications internet by Openclipart; ChocolateJPG by André Karwath (CC BY-SA 2.5); Australia: Intersection of Identities image – Tom Cockrem/Lonely Planet images; Loong 1970 by Dennis O'Hoy Bendigo Chinese Association; Utamaro Yama-uba and Kintaro 3.jpg Public Domain; The Red Piano courtesy of Wilkins Farago; Earthquake scene, Auburn, April 13, 1949 by IMLS DCC (CC BY 2.0);Climate change: Russian art contest by United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS ‪‪ (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0); Harmony Day by DIBP images ‪‪ (CC BY 2.0);haiku image by AEF; Saris by guy_incognito ‪‪ (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)