Australian Embassy Tokyo
在日オーストラリア大使館

'Experience Australia' Educational Kit

On this page:

  1. Background
  2. Objectives
  3. Contents
  4. Example Activities
  5. User Review
  6. FAQ
  7. Borrowing the Kit
  8. Kit Lending Organisations
  9. Enquiries & Feedback


BACKGROUND

Anticipating that there could be a shortage of specifically designed integrated resource materials available when the Integrated Studies curriculum commenced in April 2002, the AJF, through consultation with Japanese educationalists, commissioned the production of the Experience AustraliaIntegrated Studies Kit.

The Kit's pedagogy encourages children to explore, challenge and question across a variety of disciplines, and to search out more themselves on various aspects of Australian life and culture. It includes teachers' guides in Japanese and English, making it easy for both Japanese and foreign teachers to use, and can be used in classes including integrated studies, English language, international education, social studies, science, music and physical education.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • to give Japanese students access to everyday examples of Australian life and culture
  • to increase students' knowledge of contemporary Australian lifestyles, culture, geography and natural resources
  • to encourage students to investigate aspects of Australia
  • to provide model teaching materials compiled from an integrated studies perspective that will assist Japanese teachers in the development of further curriculum in this subject area
  • to provide teachers with interesting and practical items from Australia that can be used as teaching aids.

 

CONTENTS

Experience Australia contains items that are familiar to Australian children and in many cases would be used by them. All items aim to project images of contemporary Australia. The Kit also includes lessons plans in both English and Japanese to assist teachers to get the most out of the set and assist team teaching.

THEME ITEMS
School Life School uniforms and hat, textbooks, lunchbox, school timetable, school photo
Australian Animals Photo cards, readers (E&J), puppets
Trees and Plants in Australia Photo panels, eucalyptus oil
Aboriginal culture Aboriginal art sample, boomerang, reader on aboriginal art, flag
Food culture Recipes
Music CD and song book
Sport Kanga Cricket Set
Australian history/culture Australian currency set, maps, flag

 

EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES

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The Kit contains a huge range of worksheets and suggested activities that bring alive the contents. Here are just a few of them:

  • How to make a boomerang and fly it
  • Let's cook chocolate crackles, Aussie hamburgers and ANZACs
  • Painting your own aboriginal-style picture
  • Let's play Kanga cricket
  • Role plays with Australian animal puppets
  • School life in Australia quiz
  • "Meat-pie"maths puzzles
  • Australian animal bingo

 

USER REVIEW

As part of my job as a Coordinator for International Relations for the JET Programme, I am often asked to conduct elementary school visits.

At first, I was anxious as to how I would be able to explain with clarity and induce an interest in the students about various aspects of my country.

The "Experience Australia" Educational Kit has been an extremely valuable and indispensable resource. The kit covers a wide variety of topics beneficial in introducing aspects of Australia that can not be learnt through textbooks and teacher monologue alone. It truly provides the opportunity for the Japanese students to "experience" Australia.

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At first, my students were shy to self-introduce themselves to me in English but keen and confident to introduce themselves to the Aussie animal puppets. The cricket set gave them the opportunity to "feel" the game rather than just watch it. I found the lunch box/drink bottle to be most useful in describing the difference in Australian and Japanese lunch times.

I was also able to adapt the "school lesson" to suit my adult English class participants. They loved the school uniforms so much that one of the ladies begged me to let her try it on.

The "Experience Australia" Educational Kit is an excellent teaching aide that I can highly recommend to those hoping to increase awareness and understanding of Australia in the classroom.

June 2003

Ashley Brooks
Coordinator for International Relations,
Nishinoshima Town, Shimane

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How big is the kit?

It is delivered to you in a cricket bag (size: 40 cm wide x 90 cm long x 40 cm deep), which contains all of the kit materials.

2. Can the kit be used in schools other than primary schools?

While the kit is designed for use by primary school students, it is actually being used by many junior and senior high schools, and even kindergartens, universities, and international cultural exchange organisations. It is mostly made up of real Australian items, thus, allowing everyone from children to adults to become familiar with Australian culture. The work sheets can be used with students in the lower years of primary school through to junior high school students (and even some senior high school students).

 

BORROWING THE EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA KIT

The Experience Australia Kit can be loaned to Japanese and Australians involved in professional teaching in non-profit schools and institutions in Japan from over 80 Japanese educational institutions around Japan. The loan period and conditions vary so please ask the institution directly for more details. (Note: some institutions do not speak Japanese so you may need assistance from your school supervisor to organise the loan).

Access the list of institutions loaning the kits from here.

 

ENQUIRIES & FEEDBACK

For further information and enquiries contact us at:

"Experience Australia Kit" secretariat office
Email: ajf.japan@dfat.gov.au