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For Educators: Teaching and Learning Resources

The Australian Curriculum provides extensive opportunities to develop Asia-capable students. AEF provides a comprehensive suite of teaching and learning resources across all year levels and subject/learning areas to support this.

Subject/learning area pages comprise information about curriculum, resources and professional learning. Digital resource lists, Australian Curriculum-aligned learning sequences, recommended links, subject associations, illustrations of practice, sample maps, professional learning modules and multimedia are contained within these pages.

For a full catalogue of resources, go to

Here’s just one example from the Asia Education Foundation website….

The Arts

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Learning area: The Arts

Year level: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Country: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet
General capability: Intercultural understanding

accessing resources on iPad Access Asia-focused digital content lists created by AEF to support teachers implement the Australian Curriculum for the Arts. Further lists will be added over the next few months. 

It is recommended that teachers preview websites to ensure they are suitable for their students prior to use in class. Content accessed via these links is not owned or controlled by AEF and is subject to the terms of use of the associated website.


Museums of the world – Asia exhibitions and resources  

Online museums and galleries  

Dance: All years  

Visual Arts: All years  

Museum and Art Gallery resources
Art Galleries of the World – Asia exhibitions and resources
Australian Art Gallery teaching resources 
The Arts – Dance: Contemporary Indian dance
The Arts – Focus on Cambodia
The Arts – Dance: Contemporary Chinese dance
The Arts – Dance: Traditional Chinese dances
The Arts – Dance: Traditional Korean dances 
The Arts – Visual Arts: Focus on India
The Arts – Visual Arts: Focus on Indonesia
The Arts – Visual Arts: Focus on Japan 

Drama: All years  

Music: All years  

Media Arts: All years  

Drama – Theatre performance in India
Drama – Traditional theatre performance in Japan 
The Arts – Music: Focus on Indonesia
The Arts – Music: Focus on Japan
The Arts – Music: Focus on Thailand 
Metro Magazine: Film guides – Asia focus
The world of animation in the Asia region 

Years F–2  

Years 3–4  

Years 5–6  

Traditional music across the Asia region
Traditional dances across the Asia region
Traditional drama performances across the Asia region
The Arts – Focus on China
Integrated learning – Exploring Japan 
The Arts – Focus on Vietnam
Drama: Vietnamese water puppets
Drama: SE Asian shadow puppetry
Visual arts: Tibetan patterns
Visual arts: Indian patterns
Visual arts: Indonesian Ikat  
Music – Traditional Indonesian musical instruments
The Arts – Focus on China
Drama – Indian drama styles
Drama – Japanese Kabuki theatre
Dance – Contemporary Japan 

Drama: All years 

Music Arts: All years 

Media Arts: All years

  Visual arts: Thai patterns
Visual arts: Korean patterns
Visual arts: Japanese patterns
Drama: Puppet drama in India 

Years 7-8

Drama: Contemporary drama from across Asia
Media arts: Film Malaysia
Visual arts – Japanese woodblock prints
Media arts: Focus on China
Dance: Mao's Last Dancer 

Years 9–10

Media arts: Malaysia
Music: Contemporary Japan
Music: Focus on traditional Japan
Media artists from the region
Visual arts: Contemporary Chinese art
Visual arts: Contemporary Japanese art 

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