Video Beijing zoo

TLF ID M013282

This is a learning object that explores the appearance, habitat, diet and conservation of eight Chinese indigenous animals housed in a zoo. The resource offers two audio tours of the zoo: tour 1 is in Chinese, supported by simplified characters and pinyin text; tour 2 is in English supported by English text, and analyses the Chinese characters for some Chinese and Australian animals. 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.

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 and collecting key information on Chinese animals in diverse formats. The resource also helps students to investigate aspects of values in Chinese society, such as conservation. It assists students to apply their 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 assists students to identify examples of Chinese language use in naming non-Chinese animals, for example 'laughing bird' for kookaburra. The resource also aids students to reflect on and compare how communication is shaped by location.
  • 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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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • 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.