The Australian Curriculum: 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.
In this learning area, students draw on knowledge of the Asia region, including literature, to influence and enhance their own creative pursuits. They develop communication skills that reflect cultural awareness and intercultural understanding. From Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia in the Australian Curriculum: English
Click on the image for sample maps across year levels that show explicit reference to Asia content in the Australian Curriculum: English.
Here are a range of resources for primary and secondary English classes:
View the comprehensive list of 130 literary texts from or about Asia to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for English, foundation to year 10.
Access forty secondary English resources from Australia: Intersections of identity that include contextual information, teaching notes and student activities for years 7–10.
Explore the place of haiku poetry in Japanese society – from the most famous poet of the Edo period, Basho, to its contemporary exponents.
Access English primary resources that have user-friendly guides aligning each resource with the Australian Curriculum.
Access English secondary resources that have user-friendly guides aligning each resource with the Australian Curriculum.
Explores intercultural themes in Australia through contemporary case studies—aligns to the Australian Curriculum for English and History at Years 6, 7, 9 and 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.
Jack, an Australian boy, describes life in India through his own experiences, through narrative, fact files and hands-on activities.
Learn more about Indonesian people, culture and society through popular folktales—aligns to the Australian Curriculum for English and History at Years 4 to 7.
The Snapshot series of big books introduces Asian content to the lower to middle primary classroom. A teacher guide includes classroom activities designed to develop reading, writing and listening skills.
Interested in learning more about contemporary Korea? Student activities explore fascinating aspects of past and present life and culture in this vibrant and changing society.
This website is designed to enhance the publications Exploring Korea and Inside King Sejong's Gate and to provide opportunities for students to extend their understandings of Korean language and culture.
Find out about innovative cultural exchange with students from Australia and countries in Asia.
A English/Media resource presents 15 specific film studies, including classic and contemporary films from various film-making traditions.
This resource for primary and secondary teachers offers practical advice and strategies about meeting the needs of Muslim students, and incorporating Islam and Muslim related content into the curriculum.
Implementing study of Asia in English
Dr Julie Hamston,Melbourne Graduate School of Education, talks about how to embed Asia in the Australian Curriculum: English.