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English teachers and the Asia Literacy priority: Is it really a priority?

Nilsson, B. (2019) English teachers and the Asia Literacy priority: Is it really a priority? In: 34th Annual Research Forum. West Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER), 3 August 2019, The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.


The Australian Curriculum consists of eight Learning Areas, seven General Capabilities and three Cross Curricular Priorities. Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, one of the Cross Curricular Priorities, is expected to be delivered by teachers in all learning areas. However, in an environment where the numbers of students studying Asian languages is declining, it is often through the compulsory subject of English that students are exposed to Asian culture. This presentation highlights how policy is enacted by providing an insight into the lived experiences of four high school English teachers. Findings suggest that Asia Literacy becomes a personal choice for teachers and their voices reveal the complexity of its adoption in secondary schools. It also exposes how the intersection of Asia literacies and intercultural understanding within the General Capabilities occurs. The findings also examine text choice, consider how teachers access professional development and reveal where the new curriculum and associated documentation can be conflicting. The voices of the teachers also act as a guide as to how educators can be supported to negotiate Asia Literacy. In this way, the stated aim of using policy to create a more prosperous nation that builds strong relationships with Asia can be better realised.

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