French / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that the French language is constantly changing due to contact with other languages and to the impact of new technologies and knowledge

[Key concepts: language contact, word borrowing, digital media; Key processes: observing, identifying, classifying]


  • investigating influences on the French language of major community languages in France such as Arabic (for example, le toubib, le bled, kif-kif), Italian (for example, le fiasco, bravo, espresso) or Chinese, (for example, le ginseng, le tai-chi, le litchi)
  • understanding that French, like all languages, is constantly expanding to include new words and expressions in response to changing technologies, digital media and intercultural experiences, for example, skyper, googliser, le courriel, photophoner
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Electronic publishing,  Loanwords,  Language evolution,  French language

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