Video Minority groups

TLF ID M013284

This is a learning object that explores the social, cultural, geographical and historical context of some of China's different ethnic groups though eight locations on a map of China. The resource offers two audio tours of its locations, narrated in Chinese by a guide and a visitor, supported by simplified characters and pinyin text. Each location contains bilingual information and bilingual captioned images, which that 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 China's major ethnic groups, using a range of tools. The resource also helps students to investigate aspects of values in Chinese society. 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 useful for supporting students' understanding of how changes in setting impact on language use. It makes students aware that spoken Putonghua (Mandarin) is the standard spoken language used throughout China. The resource aids students to reflect on how terms such as 'ethnic minority' may be interpreted differently by others.
  • It is especially 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. Its portrayal of some of China's major ethnic groups shows how multicultural China is.
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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  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • 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
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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.