German / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse and explain how and why language is used differently in a range of texts, considering features such as dialects and register

[Key concepts: register, constraints; Key processes: analysing, comparing, explaining]

 (ACLGEU185)

Elaborations
  • comparing features of German in a range of spoken texts from different countries and regions, for example, variations in vocabulary such as Kartoffel = Krombeere (auf Schwäbisch) = Gummel (auf Schweizerdeutsch) = Erdapfel (auf Österreichisch), and reflecting on national/regional variations and the use of dialects in formal and informal contexts
  • applying appropriate register and conventions to produce spoken or written texts for real or simulated situations, such as a job interview or a formal letter complaining about faulty goods
  • analysing ways in which the level of formality in a text may be decreased, such as by using contractions and slang, for example, in an informal conversation or email, or increased by applying key features such as appropriate layout and structure, formal register and subordinate clauses, for example, in a job application letter
  • comparing two versions of the same dialogue, one containing contractions and ellipsis and another containing the full linguistic forms, analysing the contexts and impact of their use, and reflecting on the different effects
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Language usage,  German language

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