Video Chinatown

TLF ID M013281

This is a learning object that explores a Chinese garden, pharmacy, restaurant, bookshop, gift shop and internet cafe, as well as Chinese signs and shrines, through the context of an Australian Chinatown. Each location contains bilingual information and bilingual captioned images, which can be saved to a tool known as a backpack, and a vocabulary list in simplified characters with pinyin and audio. The resource offers two audio tours of its seven locations, narrated in Chinese by an Australian girl and a Chinese boy, supported by text in simplified characters and pinyin.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for the Communicating and Understanding strands for years 5 to 8 in the Chinese second language learners' pathway. It is particularly relevant for identifying key information in interactions in diverse formats to collate and share with others and for making decisions. The resource also helps students to investigate aspects of social life in Australian Chinese communities. It assists students to apply their own understanding of Chinese language and culture and to reflect on how to balance their own cultural values and norms with those of Chinese speakers.
  • The resource is also extremely useful for supporting students' understanding of how variables in relationships between participants and changes in settings impact on language use. It also assists students to identify examples of Chinese language use in local communities, such as signs, and to explore the use of technology in communication. The resource helps students to reflect on and compare how communication is shaped by the location, languages and cultures people identify with.
  • It is also relevant to the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority, particularly in relation to peoples and countries of Asia being diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • Languages
  • Languages other than English

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Department of Education\, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Organization: Department of Education\, Employment and Workplace Relations
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • Image
  • Text
  • © Commonwealth of Australia 2006. This material may be downloaded, copied, used and communicated free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes, provided all acknowledgements are retained.