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

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore connections between languages and cultures as exemplified in particular words, expressions and communicative behaviours, noticing how meaning can be culture-specific and difficult to transfer between languages

[Key concepts: culture, language, values, meaning; Key processes: analysing, explaining, comparing]

 (ACLJAU018)

Elaborations
  • considering how Japanese language and interaction patterns around familiar routines such as mealtimes reflect traditional practices and values associated with family life, for example, using formulaic expressions such as いただきます。 いってきます。いってらっしゃい 。ただいま 。おかえり。
  • identifying changes in contemporary communication styles that reflect changes in Japanese and Australian cultures and social practices, for example, ハロー、 バイバイ and グッドラック
  • identifying and explaining phrases that require cultural knowledge in order to be understood in translation, for example, はじめまして。よろしく おねがいします 。or that the question おげんき ですか。is a genuine health enquiry rather than a greeting
  • understanding that the Japanese language has many ways of expressing values such as consideration and respect, for example, どうぞ, >どうも、 すみません、 おくれて すみません、 しつれいします、 and using indirect forms of refusal and softening responses, for example, ちょっと…。あんまり…。
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Culture,  Japanese language

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