Arabic / Year 7 and 8 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Explain how elements of communication and choice of language and register vary according to the cultural context and situation

[Key concepts: body language, expression, negotiation, choice; Key processes: reflecting, selecting, connecting]


  • understanding how particular gestures and body language used by various Arabic speakers, such as eye contact and the use of personal space, reflect feelings and attitudes towards other people and towards ideas
  • recognising that different situations require different levels of politeness depending on the context and speaker, for example, a gift from parents to a teacher may be seen as a polite gesture in some Arabic cultures but as inappropriate in the Australian school context, while declaring an opposing opinion on a current issue may be acceptable in the Australian context but viewed as being disrespectful in some Arabic cultures
  • identifying and reflecting on how emotions and attitudes, such as respect or embarrassment, and personal views are reflected in the choice of language in various social settings, such as public forums and school contexts
  • identifying and comparing the features of language that distinguish the purpose for which it is used, for example

    فعل الأمر مع واو الجماعة في الخطبة: هيا شاركوا في المهرجان العربي الحافل؛ استخدام "يا ليت؛ يا ليتني" في التعقيب على الأحداث في مدونة شخصية

  • comparing informal classroom discussions of a current event or issue with news and current-affairs programs, and analysing differences
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

Register (Language),  Language usage,  Arabic language

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