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Languages online: Chinese module one: meet my family - video

This is a short video in Chinese showing a teenage boy visiting a friend's house and interacting with his sisters and his mother. The conversation uses several different forms of greeting, introduction, and questions about family members' ages and occupations. The video is accompanied by a script that can be toggled to ...

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Yarning with the Russians

A Russian trade delegation is visiting Australia in search of high quality wool. This is to meet an increasing demand for fine wool products that is being driven by rising affluence in Russia. We once had a strong wool trade with the Soviet Union. Can we build trade with Russia?

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Movie mayhem: summer camp [Windows version]

Edit a film about a school holiday camp in China. Follow the story of three children who, at first, don't get along with one another. 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 boy's facial expression suited to apologising ...

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Lost bag: baggage claim [French]

Fly to Paris. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a local airline agent. Notice how the airline agent 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 of ...

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Lost bag: baggage claim [German]

Fly to Berlin. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a local airline agent. Notice how the airline agent 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: baggage claim [Greek]

Fly to Athens. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a local airline agent. Notice how the airline agent 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: baggage claim [Italian]

Fly to Rome. Decide what to do when your luggage goes missing. Watch another traveller talk with a local airline agent. Notice how the airline agent 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 of ...

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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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Bush rangers: the impact of introduced species on the Australian environment - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on the introduced species that live in the Australian bush, often causing damage to native flora and fauna. It is designed to make year 3–4 students aware that not all bush creatures are natives and not all are good for the environment. Students take on the role of an author’s research assistant ...

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Australian symbols - unit of work

This unit focuses on symbols and some of the key images that are intended to represent or typify Australia. Students deconstruct and read a number of formal national symbols, research formal and informal symbols of Australia, and construct and represent symbols of Australia using writing, speaking, reading and art-related ...

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Starting an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work explores elements of narrative in the context of a particular type of narrative, the adventure story. The unit is designed to help students understand the purpose of adventure stories, the narrative structure onto which the writer builds events, characters and setting, and how writers engage readers. Students ...

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Writing an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work takes students through a series of scaffolded activities in which they construct and write an adventure story for younger children. Students learn about: types of adventure stories, narrative time structures, processes for structuring narratives at the stages of orientation, complication and resolution, ...

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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A flight of fantasy - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the fantasy genre by examining a series of titles by Anna and Barbara Fienberg. They dramatise the thoughts and feelings of the characters through simple drama activities and develop their narrative writing skills through a focus on descriptive and figurative language. The unit is ...

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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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Putting it in perspective - unit of work

This unit of work explores point of view in narrative. Students explore two meanings of the term 'point of view': personal point of view and narrative point of view. They learn about first-person and third-person omniscient point of view in narrative, and differentiate between 'narrator' and 'author'. Students then bring ...