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Asia Literacy – imperatives for the Australian Classroom. RMIT 2014. Why Asia???. Imperatives: Moral Economic Professional. Morally….. Be a good neighbour - we live in the region!. What are the countries of Asia? . Economically – we are tied to Asia.

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Asia Literacy – imperatives for the Australian Classroom



Why Asia???

  • Imperatives:

  • Moral

  • Economic

  • Professional

Morally….. Be a good neighbour - we live in the region!

What are the countries of Asia?

Economically – we are tied to Asia

Professionally – it is in our curriculum

“India, China and other Asian nations are growing and their influence is increasing. Australians need to become ‘Asia literate’, engaging and building strong relationships with Asia.”

Goal 2:

All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens

“active and informed citizens…are able to relate and communicate across cultures, especially in relation to cultures and countries of the Asia-Pacific.”

  • Australian Curriculum

  • General Capabilities

Intercultural Understanding

  • Includes the skills to critically reflect on one’s own culture as well as positive, cooperative and respectful interactions between people of diverse cultural backgrounds at both an institutional and interpersonal level.

  • Can be measured by the acquisition of critical cultural awareness, culturally respectful attitudes and positive skills for interacting across cultural groups.

  • Focuses on the interaction between people by developing an understanding of self in relation to others.

Standpoints of intercultural understanding

  • Australian Curriculum – Cross Curriculum Priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

  • Sustainability

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

  • Organising Themes

  • Asia and its diversity

  • Achievements and contributions of the peoples of Asia

  • Asia-Australia engagement

Asia literacy

foundational and deep knowledge,

skills and understandings about the

histories, geographies, societies,

cultures, literatures and languages

of the diverse countries that make

up our part of the world

Organising Themes/Ideas


Where do these images come from?

What period of time do they come from?

Where did it come from?

Write down the origin of each invention on your sheet.

Organising Ideas

Culture as layers

Culture is like an apple

  • The Skin – Observed: Language, Food, Architecture, Fashion, Art

  • The Flesh – Norms & Values: Beliefs, attitudes and conventions

  • The Core – Basic Assumptions: Unquestioned behaviour - tradition

Iceberg of culture

Layers, Iceberg and Apples

Select the model you resonate with most.

Discuss what resonates and why.


What’s the news across the nation….





Asian Newspapers online

Organising Ideas

What is an Asia Literate school?

Studies of Asia wikispace

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