Online teaching resources
FUSE is the Department's digital repository of resources available for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers and students (and their parents). It is searchable, personalised and many resources are mapped to the Victorian Curriculum. Use the learning areas drop-down box and select Intercultural Capability or Civics and Citizenship to narrow your search to topics relating to global learning and engagement. Some good search terms to use are intercultural, global citizenship, harmony and culture.
Some stand-out resources on FUSE and other sites are provided below:
Asia Education Foundation provides school leaders, teachers and students with the global perspectives and tools to amplify their intercultural skills and mindsets. AEF delivers informative resources, national and international professional learning, innovative programs and rich networks that connect Australian schools with over 20 countries across Asia-Pacific. AEF provides free teaching and learning resources across all year levels and subject/learning areas, linked to the Australian Curriculum and with clear objectives and outcomes defined. See: Asia Education Foundation on FUSE
- Difference Differently is a suite of classroom materials from Together for Humanity. Their concise selection is limited to the subjects of English, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship and the Levels 1 to 4. Linked to the Australian Curriculum, resources are more activities than units or lessons and will require additional research and input from teachers. As a starting point, they offer valuable insights into teaching the importance of diversity and multiculturalism. See: Difference Differently on FUSE
Global Education offers free lesson plans on a range of global topics including diversity, refugees, poverty and human rights. A simple search can bring up a subject learning area, or categorise lessons based on year level, country of focus and issue. See: Global Education on FUSE or their publication Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian schools
- Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) is Victoria's specialist library providing resources in all formats for English as an Additional Language (EAL), languages and the cross-curriculum priority areas. The collection contains a range of practical classroom and curriculum development resources related to additional language acquisition and intercultural capability. Resources suitable for all levels are available, from early years to adult learners. Materials include academic texts, articles, electronic resources, novels, non-fiction reading material, lesson plans and activities, games, big books and even bilingual picture books. See: LMERC
Oxfam Education offers a range of ideas, resources and support for students to gain a greater understanding of their world and the positive contributions they can make to it. The site is easy to navigate, through a subject search bar, with topics including climate change, gender, inequality, conflict and disasters. Lessons follow a clearly scaffolded format, including objectives and outcomes, however, being UK based, don't reference the Australian Curriculum. See: Oxfam Education on FUSE
Intercultural Capability Assessments for the Victorian Curriculum F–10 are VCAA instruments for student-led assessment. It enables teachers to gain diagnostic information about learners' Intercultural Capability knowledge and skills, and to determine an indicative placement against the Intercultural Capability learning continuum F–10. The assessments include assessment tasks, administration and marking guides and general advice on reaching an on-balance judgement of student progress. See: VCAA Intercultural Capability assessment tool (login required)
Composer is a new digital platform that offers a collection of resources based around citizenship education, including topics such as intercultural understanding, democracy, community, racism, news literacy and social awareness. Resources are submitted from content providers from across the world (so aren't aligned to the Victorian Curriculum), but lessons are easily adaptable to suit context. Lessons can be linked thematically to form units, and objectives, outcomes, extension activities and time frames are clearly displayed. The site uses clear language, is user friendly and is largely free to access. See: Composer (login required)
Global Learning Centre provides professional learning in global citizenship education including areas such as understanding interdependence and globalisation, appreciating identity and cultural diversity, and building cultural competence. See: Global Learning Centre (subscription required)
TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) is a community of globally minded educators in over 125 countries who are interested in developing and collaborating on international learning projects. It has a focus on global citizenship, environmental stewardship and student voice, with sections for both teachers and students. See: TIGed
What to look for in teaching resources
There are a range of resources available to support teachers in delivering the Victorian Curriculum F-10 intercultural capability. When reviewing a resource for alignment to the intercultural capability curriculum, the following can assist.
Broad alignment with intercultural capability strands
Cultural practices strand
Check if the resource is in some way about cultural practices themselves or intercultural experiences. More specifically one or more of:
- how cultures are expressed and represented and why
- how and why cultural practices change
- how cultural practices influence people's behaviour and beliefs
- how cultural practices influence each other, within and between cultures
- how intercultural experiences can be experienced and are shaped
- the effects intercultural experiences have on our lives, including our own cultures.
Cultural diversity strand
Check if the resource covers one or more of:
the shaping of cultural identity
challenges and benefits of living and working in a culturally diverse world and means of reaching understanding between culturally diverse groups
the valuing of cultural diversity and the interplay between cultural diversity and social cohesion.
Alignment to achievement standards and its underlying content
Check the level of difficulty within the source material against the levels your students are working towards. You may wish to:
Consider the knowledge and skills that underlie / enable progress towards the achievement standard as expressed in the content descriptions in the relevant strand/s.
Identify whether the source material will enable this progression.