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

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that the Japanese language has evolved and developed through different periods of influence and cultural and societal change

[Key concepts: language change, intercultural contact, popular culture; Key processes: reflecting, identifying, comparing]


  • understanding that each region of Japan has its own dialect and accents, and that Japan, like Australia, also has some indigenous languages
  • finding examples of ways in which social and cultural influences impact on language, for example, the abbreviation of borrowed words in Japanese, such as スマホ、 パソコン、 the combination of borrowed words + する、 オーガナイズ する、 and メル友 for e-pal
  • considering how globalisation has accelerated the introduction of English words and expressions into Japanese, and discussing possible benefits and disadvantages associated with the blending and mixing of languages
  • discussing possible reasons for changes in Japanese language use, such as exposure to other languages, changing attitudes to social practices, involvement in social media and digital communication
  • exploring the influence of Japanese popular culture in Australia and around the world, such as the influence of Japanese design and technology and the popularity of J-pop, electronic games, anime, manga and cosplay
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Language evolution,  Japanese language

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