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Shipwreck of the Dunbar at 'the Heads', 1857

The wreck of the clipper ship Dunbar off Sydney Heads in 1857 is regarded as the worst peacetime merchant shipping tragedy in NSW history. This letter was copied from a handwritten manuscript by James Graham, the signal master at South Head, Sydney, in 1857, and was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald on 22 August 1857, ...

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Study English: recounts and opposites

Discover ways to talk and write about something that has happened in the past. Presenter Margot Politis unpacks a video in which a woman speaks of the time she had a medical emergency. You will gain some tips on forming compound and complex sentences. You'll also learn some common past tense verbs and some useful information ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [Indonesian]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'pertama-tama', 'mula-mula' and 'kemudian' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [French]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'd'abord', 'puis' and 'enfin' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [German]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'Zuerst', 'Dann' and 'Zuletzt' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [Italian]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'prima', 'poi' and 'finalmente' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [Greek]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences in Greek to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'Πρώτα', 'Μετά' and 'Τελικά' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [Japanese]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as はじめに, そして, それから, おわりに to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, then help ...

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Dragon's jumble: dream [Chinese]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his dream. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 首先, 然后 and 最后 to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, then help the ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [French]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'd'abord', 'ensuite' and 'en dernier' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [German]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'Zuallererst', 'Danach' and 'Am Endet' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [Italian]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'prima', 'poi' and 'finalmente' to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [Greek]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences in Greek to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 'Κατ΄ αρχήν', 'Μετά' and 'Τελικάto' show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [Japanese]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as はじめに, そして, それから, おわりに to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, then ...

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Dragon's jumble: garden [Chinese]

Help a dragon remember what happened in his garden. View four pictures from a recount. Place the pictures in the correct order. Choose sentences to match what is happening in the pictures. Add temporal connectives such as 首先, 然后 and 最后 to show the order of events. Watch an animation of the completed story, then help the ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [French]

Arrive at a French hotel. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a receptionist at the front desk. Notice how the hotel clerk reacts to phrases, tone of voice, gestures and facial expressions. Choose the most culturally appropriate way of asking for help. Use a polite greeting, ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [German]

Arrive at a German hotel. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a receptionist at the front desk. Notice how the hotel clerk reacts to phrases, tone of voice, gestures and facial expressions. Choose the most culturally appropriate way of asking for help. Use a polite greeting, ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [Greek]

Arrive at a Greek hotel. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a receptionist at the front desk. Notice how the hotel clerk reacts to phrases, tone of voice, gestures and facial expressions. Choose the most culturally appropriate way of asking for help. Use a polite greeting, ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [Italian]

Arrive at an Italian hotel. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a receptionist at the front desk. Notice how the hotel clerk reacts to phrases, tone of voice, gestures and facial expressions. Choose the most culturally appropriate way of asking for help. Use a polite greeting, ...

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Show and tell: here, boy: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives ...