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Hindi / Year 7 and 8 / Understanding / Role of language and culture

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Understand that language is not neutral and that its forms and usage reflect cultural ideas, values and perspectives

[Key concepts: culture, language change, representation, values; Key processes: reflecting, analysing, comparing]


  • sharing understandings of what culture is and how it relates to language and to identity, using prompt statements such as ‘संस्कृति में …’
  • identifying Hindi words or expressions that carry cultural connotations and values, for example, terms such as सुहागन and विधवा in relation to auspicious or inauspicious roles at occasions such as नामकरण or गृहप्रवेश
  • identifying expressions used in news reports or sports commentaries that reflect traditional beliefs and include cultural allusions, for example, references to gods and legendary heroes such as अगर इंद्रदेव मेहरबान हुए तो भारत बिना मैच खेले पहुंचेगा फाइनल में
  • identifying cultural distinctions expressed through language, for example, forms of address such as नमस्कार, नमस्ते, आप कैसे हैं?, तुम कैसे हो? the addition of श्री, श्रीमती for married women and कुमारी for unmarried women, considering whether English makes similar distinctions
  • exploring the cultural significance of concepts expressed in a single word in Hindi or English which are difficult to translate, for example, the term जूठा in Hindi or mateship in Australian English
  • exploring how cultural values and ideals such as truth, duty or filial respect are embedded in traditional fables and legends, such as brotherly love or the concept of the obedient/dutiful child in the stories राम और लक्ष्मण, श्रवण कुमार
  • discussing commonly used words and expressions that reflect family/community values, for example, the practice of using the English terms ‘Auntie’ or ‘Uncle’ when addressing older people even when they are strangers
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
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