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Arabic / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise that there are variations in the language used by Arabic speakers in different situations, such as at home with family, and that the language used varies between different Arabic speakers

[Key concept: variation based on gender, age and context; Key processes: noticing, comparing, understanding]


  • understanding that different forms of address and greetings are used depending on the time of day and the gender, background and social status of the participants, for example,

    مرحبا ؛ صباح الخير/ مساء الخير؛ سلام ونعمة؛ السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته؛ سلام الرب معك

    ماما؛ بابا؛ عم أمين؛ خالتي سعاد

  • recognising that informal forms of address are very common among speakers of Arabic and are acceptable across Arabic communities, for example

    عمو عادل؛ عمة هناء؛ خالة عبير؛ ست أمل؛ تيتا وداد؛ جدو

  • explaining how their spoken language at home may vary from the spoken language in class, and understanding similarities and differences between various dialects represented within the classroom
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Language usage,  Arabic language

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