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Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

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Young people and hearing impairment: school life

This clip shows students discussing experiences that have affected their ability to hear in the classroom and the strategies used to assist communication at school. They explain that peers at school are not always aware of their hearing impairment and express frustration that peers sometimes use the hearing technologies ...

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Young people and hearing impairment: challenges

This clip shows young people with hearing impairments discussing some of the challenges they face. The difficulty of caring for hearing equipment and the limits to its effectiveness in noisy situations is mentioned. Several students reveal the effects of teasing and bullying at school and their subsequent hurt and withdrawal. ...

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Young people and hearing impairment: social life

This clip shows young people talking about some of the social aspects of living with hearing impairment. Topics covered include peer networks and the support and recreational services accessed. They also share communication strategies that are critical to their participation in recreational pursuits. This clip provides ...

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The keys to clearer explanations

G'day cobber! Are you a true-blue, dinky-di Aussie? Australian slang can be quite bewildering for anyone who is new to this country and even for those who've lived here quite a while. In this clip Professor Kate Burridge explores how to use verbal and non-verbal language to explain difficult concepts.

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Public speaking

How do you feel about making a speech in public? If you think it's pretty scary you're not alone. Find out ways to make speaking in public easier. See how some students have gone about it, using the movie 'The King's Speech' as inspiration.

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Cult novels and their characters

A cult novel is one that holds special status for certain readers. Generally, cult novels are those that are passionately loved by a small group of people. In this clip, discover why author Markus Zusak's favourite cult novel is 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller.

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To curtsey or not to curtsey?

Newspapers had a field day when the Queen visited Australia in 2011. Prime Minister Julia Gillard chose to bow to her, while the Governor General, Quentin Bryce AC CVO, curtseyed instead. This Q&A clip explores several perspectives on this event. Note how each panellist's non-verbal language reflects their attitude toward ...

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Crocodiles, jellyfish and self-expression

Have you ever sat through a classmate's oral presentation and nearly fallen asleep in the middle of it? Often this is because the speaker isn't using their voice in a way that gets your attention and keeps you interested. In this Heywire audio story, explore how Alpha Capaque, a young woman from the Northern Territory, ...

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Awesome interviews

Interviews are an important aspect of any news story. As Triple J's Sophie McNeill reveals in this clip, a good interview takes a lot of planning. You can't just grab anyone off the street and interview them! Learn more about effective interviews from a reporter in the field.

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Sentencing 'The Book Thief'

People can express their opinions and attitudes in ways other than words. In this clip, join in the discussion about Markus Zusak's popular novel 'The Book Thief', and explore how verbal and non-verbal cues can add emphasis to your speech.

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Movie mayhem: Putri dan labu

Edit a film about a Cinderella-style fairytale set in Indonesia. Follow a story about a young girl in a poor family. Identify images needed to complete the film. Make sure the images match the script, and emotions shown suit the narrative setting. For example, choose facial expressions showing fear.

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Movie mayhem: school trip

Edit a film about a school bus trip in Hiroshima. Follow the story of three children visiting the city sights over three days. Identify images needed to complete the film. Make sure the images match the script, and emotions shown suit the cultural setting. For example, choose a picture to match a description of two students ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [Indonesian]

Arrive at an Indonesian 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: ask a baggage handler [Chinese] [Windows version]

Fly to Beijing. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a local baggage handler. Notice how the baggage handler reacts to phrases, tone of voice, gestures and facial expressions. Choose the most culturally appropriate way of asking for help. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [Chinese] [Windows version]

Arrive at a Chinese 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: ask a baggage handler [Japanese] [Windows version]

Fly to Tokyo. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a local baggage handler. Notice how the baggage handler reacts to phrases, tone of voice, gestures and facial expressions. Choose the most culturally appropriate way of asking for help. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Lost bag: hotel reception [Japanese] [Windows version]

Arrive at a Japanese 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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Web designer: dragons: level 2

Browse jumbled web pages, which are all connected with dragons. Match material to the type of website it belongs to: cultural, natural science or Chinese restaurant. Identify features of the texts. For example, identify adverbs such as 'friendly' that refer to personal interactions. Match up the title, main body text, graphics ...

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Climbing Mount Batur: using texts

Climb Mt Batur on the island of Bali. Interact with your local guide and locals, and respond to their comments and questions in a culturally appropriate way. Identify the polite ways to engage with locals to find out more about Mt Batur. Learn ways to speak and respond that respect local people and Balinese beliefs and ...