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Using and understanding words in context

Have you ever noticed that certain words are relevant to particular topics or contexts? View this clip to find out ten words associated with shearing and the sheep industry.

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What happened to her hanky and his cravat?

Discover what goes wrong when Ian the magician performs a cutting trick using things that belong to Natalie and Banjo. The magician ruins her hanky and his cravat. Can he fix their things? See how the words 'his', 'her' and 'their' are used in this clip.

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Gateway to Chinese

This website is a collection of resources that practise the skills of pronunciation, listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary for beginning Chinese language learners. The linked resources provide both characters and Pinyin for reading and are accompanied with audio to listen to the Chinese as well. This resource is part ...

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Build your vocabulary!

What is the importance of having a good vocabulary? A good vocabulary helps us to be better communicators. Imagine living in a world where people only know a handful of words - communicating with each other would be much more difficult! See if you can build your own vocabulary with the use of a vocabulary notebook.

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Minority groups

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 ...

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Food and drink

This is a learning object that explores Chinese food and drink through the context of preparations for a party, from shopping for food, how it is grown, prepared and cooked, through to eating. The resource offers two audio tours of its eight locations, narrated by two Chinese teenagers in Chinese, supported by simplified ...

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Chinatown

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 ...

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What your language says about you

Do you know what a 'bevan' is? Or are you more familiar with 'bogans', 'westies', 'chiggers' or 'boonies'? These are all terms used to describe the same kind of person. How is it that different places in Australia develop different expressions? In this clip, explore some of the reasons behind Queensland's colloquialisms.

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Radical hunt: island hunt [Japanese]

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find kanji hidden near the things they represent. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will contribute to the meaning of a compound kanji. ...

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Can you guess the mystery sound?

Join Harry Spellbound as he tries to win a prize on a game show called The Mystery Sound. Can Harry use the three word clues to guess the mystery sound? Can you?

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Make it happen: find Honey

Honey is missing. Create a notice to let people know your dog is lost. Include a statement, photo and important details such as contact address and phone number. Select places to put up the notice. Consider the replies to your notice when deciding where to look for Honey. Look for Honey at the locations on the map. Check ...

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Make it happen: give away a bike

It’s time to give away a bike that you have outgrown. Create a notice to find someone to give your bike to. Include a statement, photo and important details such as contact address and phone number. Select places to put up the notice. Consider the replies to your notice when deciding who to give the bike to. Look for the ...

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Make it happen: plan a party

Prepare an invitation to your birthday party. Include a statement, photo and important details such as address, phone number and reply date. Choose items of food to buy for the party. Use a map to select shops where you can buy the food you need. Complete a photo album of the party by selecting captions to match the photos.

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Show and tell: close encounter

Watch a short cartoon about seeing a lion on a forest path. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add joining words, adverbs ...

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Kanji wheel of discovery 2

Solve word puzzles in a quiz show. Choose a key kanji such as 同, 学 or 明. Then spin the wheel to make new compound words using your key kanji. Use the meanings of the individual kanji to work out the meaning of each compound word and score points. Solve the meaning of enough compound words to win a prize. Review all the ...

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Beijing zoo

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 ...

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Is it today or tomorrow?

Discover all you need to know about today and tomorrow from the expert who knows everything. Don't wait until tomorrow if you have time today. You must watch this clip now, before today becomes yesterday!

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The Go family

Have you met the Go family before? Old man Go, his wife Going and their two children, Goes and Gone, all live together with their cousin, Went. Find out what happens when Went goes away. Can the Go family live without Went?

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The mystery of his and her tissue paper

Prepare to be amazed, as Ian the magician performs a surprising trick with two pieces of tissue paper. Rachel's is yellow and Steven's is green. Keep your eyes on the tissue so you don't confuse hers with his.

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Angkor: exploring vocabulary

Watch this clip about Angkor, an area in Cambodia that contains a famous and ancient temple complex, to help develop your vocabulary. The clip focuses on the effects of tourism and provides a useful context for the study of English. The report includes content-specific language.