Asia Education Foundation

English

Videos

Watch Dr Julie Hamston, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, discuss how to infuse studies of Asia into the English Curriculum.

Watch leading educators explain how Asia-related texts offer a goldmine of reading material for English students. 

Recommended texts

Tiger Stone

Set in fourteenth-century Java, this mystery adventure novel offers unique cultural and historical insights into Indonesia through the eyes of Kancil, a lowly kitchen servant. View more

Boxers and Saints

This two-volume graphic novel reveals two very different perspectives of the Boxer Rebellion conflict, which took place in China more than a century ago. View more

Australia Kaleidoscope

Australia Kaleidoscope presents six fascinating case studies and a wealth of teaching strategies and activities for use in the History and English classroom. View more

India Kaleidoscope

With this book, students in the middle years undertake a journey across India with Jack, an Australian boy who describes life in India through his own experiences. View more

Indonesia Kaleidoscope

This book is about the diversity of Indonesian people, culture and society. It consists of six units of work, with a range of student activities and blackline masters focusing on The Arts, History and English domains. View more

Snapshots of Asia resources

Student activities covering the nine Snapshots countries. Alignment to the Australian Curriculum is provided for resource activities. View more

Film Asia

Combining critical perspectives with teaching and learning ideas, this exciting resource supports teachers who wish to embed links to Asia in creative and curriculum-relevant practice. View more

Japan Diary

Japan Diary is a novella in two parts. It explores the personal journeys and cultural discoveries of two secondary students, one from Australia and the other from Japan. View more

The Really Big Food Project

Two students, Emma and Thomas, undertake a class project and along the way they discover that rice has a fascinating history and brings many surprising connections to the countries of Asia. View more

Asia-related literary texts

Boy readingComprehensive lists 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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English subject associations

Subject associations that support English teaching:

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Link to mapped Asia content in English

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The Australian Curriculum for English '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.

View the sample map or download the PDF sample map for Asia-related content in the Australian Curriculum: English (PDF 198 KB).

Audit the Asia content currently 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 in your teaching and learning.

Curated digital resources

 

View numerous curated digital resources that gather together Asia-related weblinks relevant to year-level content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: English.

 

Free AFC Asian Cup educational resource for Australian primary schools. Includes 8 integrated units of work for Years 3-6 and Years 5-6 English, Mathematics, Art and Health & Physical Education. The Asian Cup takes place in January 2015, with matches in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle and Canberra.

Fred Smith, the 'singing' diplomat produced this rich Year 10 resource about his experiences of the Australian peace-keeping force in Afghanistan and the impact of war on the Afghani people.

Learning activities

View Asia-focused learning activities for the English classroom.

Analyse four contemporary short stories and how they reflect life in Malaysia.

Students investigate the symbols and legends of Chinese New Year.

Jackie Chan vs James Bond unit of work img

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.


Professional learning

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.

 

Analyse four contemporary short stories and how they reflect life in Malaysia.

Students investigate the symbols and legends of Chinese New Year.

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.

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 acknowledgement:  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.