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

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that Japanese language use varies according to the context and situation of the interaction and the relationship between participants

[Key concepts: variation, context, relationship; Key processes: identifying, distinguishing, analysing]


  • understanding and explaining variation in language use based on the age, relationship, and level of familiarity between participants, for example, (はは)/お(かあ)さん and 先生(せんせい)/~さん、 avoiding あなた when showing politeness
  • identifying language use associated with gender, age, social status or the purpose of interaction, for example, ぼく、 わたし、 はい、 うん、 こんにちは、 ハロー、 さようなら、 バイバイ、 and recognising the importance of using appropriate forms of address when interacting with different people, for example, using ~くん/~さんwhen communicating with close friends, family members or other young people, and using ~さん、 ~先生(せんせい) for adults
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,  Japanese language

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