If you are looking for curriculum ideas with a focus on Timor-Leste, browse through the following resources that have been supplied by GVFS committee members and some of our partner schools – Christian College, Clonard College, Geelong College, Sacred Heart College, St Ignatius College and St Joseph’s College.


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A 25 page booklet on the many aspects of life in East Timor through time up to and including 2003.


A list of videos and books for use by students of various age groups.


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Letter writing examples – suitable for both primary and secondary students.

A seven lesson unit suitable for Year 8 students.


A short sequence of lessons for Year 8 with a social justice focus.


A Year 9 unit with various documents that can be downloaded separately.

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A link to a video for middle to senior secondary students – With a little help from my friends – with teacher notes and possible activities.

A link to Tortured Triangle a video that uses rarely seen archival footage from a variety of sources to show the changing relationships between Indonesia, Timor Leste and Australia over a 30-year period.

A link to Our School narrated by Kirsty Sword Gusmao. It includes teacher notes.

A Year 10 unit with overview and related documents. Download them separately:

Screenshot, first page, GVFS Tetun Phrase Book

This simple Tetun phrasebook  has been developed specifically for Geelong students visiting Viqueque. The phrase book has been designed to be printed double sided in colour on A4 paper. Pages do not need re-arranging after printing. Simply fold vertically and staple down the centre fold. 

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Basic Post Card Template. Included are simple Tetun-English phrases typically used in post card writing. Suitable for primary students and junior secondary students.

Tetun vocabulary resources suitable for both Primary and Secondary Students learning to write and speak Tetun.

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Notes by Dave Willis. How to teach lexically.


Printable boardgames. These printable A4 board games have been created for Geelong students to easily take in their luggage. As Geelong students spend time with local Viqueque students, there are often opportunities to engage in friendly play. It is recommended that games are laminated. *Dice and counters are needed to play games.


WithOnePlanet is an inquiry- and challenge-based teaching and learning method that focuses the environmental education through three themes: carbon (where we live), culture (who we are) and citizenship (how we live).

Students are encouraged to formulate lines of inquiry, to question and investigate, to review and share information and to build the knowledge to make our region a more interesting, sustainable and better place.

With One Planet Teacher Resources



Useful Links:

Tetun Language Resources
Dili Institute of Technology, Language Resources Page-

Dili Institute of Technology, Downloadable Tetun/English Word Finder-


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 Lonely Planet, East Timor Phrasebook


…………………..Climate Change Education Resources (Timor-Leste focus)

The WithOnePlanet curriculum resources to support teaching about culture and sustainability and link school communities. Project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training-

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