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Mysteries and marvels of Hinduism

Discover Hinduism, one of the world's most popular religions. Explore Hinduism's ancient origins and its continuing impact on the traditions, beliefs and daily lives of its followers. The majority of people in India and Nepal follow Hinduism. In the early twentieth century that was approximately 900 million people. This ...

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Study English: adjectives and their uses

Explore the power of adjectives. In this clip, presenter Margot Politis unpacks a documentary video about the sea floor. Discover how useful adjectives can be when you compare and describe things. You'll also learn how to put adjectives in the correct order when you are using more than one.

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Lost bike: build your own bike [Chinese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose words to complete a description of a bike you would like to build. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Lost bike: build your own bike [Japanese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose words to complete a description of a bike you would like to build. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Lost bike: build to order [Japanese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Build a bike to match a description given by a Japanese friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a town. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Lost bike [Japanese] [Windows version]

Match pictures of bikes with words describing size, colour and accessories. Choose words to complete a description of a bike you would like to build. Then build a bike to match a description given by a Japanese friend. Use pictures and feedback to find where bikes are hidden in a village. This learning object is a combination ...

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Photo album: celebrations 1 [Indonesian]

Look through a photo album showing celebrations and ceremonies in Indonesia. See photos of activities such as a warrior dance, a wedding ceremony and men playing traditional musical instruments such as drums and gongs. Match each photo to a brief description of the activity. Answer a question about each activity. Complete ...

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Photo album: daily life 2 [Indonesian]

Look through a photo album showing everyday life in Indonesia. See photos of activities such as making batik by hand, winnowing rice and selling dried fish. Match each photo to a brief description of the activity. Answer a question about each activity. Complete a quiz that includes questions on all of the photos. This learning ...

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Photo album: school life 1 [Indonesian]

Look through a photo album showing everyday life of Indonesian schoolchildren. See photos of children doing activities such as travelling to school in a canoe, learning traditional dance and sweeping the schoolyard. Match each photo to a brief description of the activity. Answer a question about each activity. Complete ...

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World Wonders TV show: earthquake

Build a script about earthquakes for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Connect ideas in the script by adding joining words such as 'however' and 'finally'. This learning ...

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Forensic science: building a profile

Explore how criminal suspects are described in police profiles. Build a profile describing yourself or a friend. Take fingerprints, draw an identikit picture and record physical characteristics such as height, weight and blood type. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

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Fashion design: studio

Explore how a fashion company works to design a range of clothes. Choose words to complete a description about tools of the trade. Answer questions about the roles of three departments within the company: market research, advertising and quality control. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words. This learning object ...

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Tai hao le! My things

Explore the Chinese names for colours and paint a mask. Listen to a girl's description of items in her suitcase. Notice that she describes the colour of each object. Match the colour and object to the spoken descriptions to fill a suitcase. Explore the Chinese names for simple shapes. Notice that the descriptions include ...

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Tai hao le! My things: personal possessions

Listen to a girl's description of items in her suitcase. Notice that she describes the colour of each object. Match the colour and object to the spoken descriptions to fill her suitcase. Score points for each correct answer. This learning object is the second in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as ...

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Tai hao le! My things: shapes and sizes

Explore the Chinese names for simple shapes such as triangles. Notice that the descriptions include the size of the shape. Match shapes to spoken descriptions to build a picture. Score points for each correct answer. This learning object is the last in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined ...

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Tai hao le! My clothes

Explore the Chinese names for items of clothing and match their colour to dress a girl. Listen to the dialogue between a boy buying a T-shirt and a shopkeeper. Match spoken text to the person speaking in each scene. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

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Tai hao le! My clothes: naming clothes

Explore the Chinese names for items of clothing. Swap the clothes around to change what a girl is wearing. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Tai hao le! My clothes: coloured clothes

Explore the Chinese names and colours for items of clothing. Swap the clothes around to change what a girl is wearing. This learning object is the second in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Tai hao le! My clothes: buying clothes

Listen to the dialogue between a boy buying a T-shirt and a shopkeeper. Match speech bubbles to the correct person speaking in each scene. This learning object is the last in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Rainforest: read a brochure

Read a six-page brochure about the climate of a temperate rainforest in Victoria. Look at maps of Australia showing patterns of temperature and rainfall. Find out what clothing to bring and how to get to the rainforest from the airport. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.