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

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Understand that Japanese language and culture, like all languages and cultures, are interrelated, both shaping and reflecting each other

[Key concepts: cultural expression, status, harmony, humility; Key processes: recognising, explaining, comparing]

 (ACLJAU180)

Elaborations
  • explaining language associated with familiar routines that reflects cultural values, for example, きりつ、れい and しつれいします。
  • interpreting the significance of differences in family kinship terms when referring to one’s own or others’ family, for example, (ちち)/お(とう)さん、あね/おねえさん
  • reflecting on the cultural significance of the presentation of information in simple Japanese texts, for example, じこしょうかい, how the ordering of information on business cards (company, title, surname, given name) reflects the relative importance of company/collective, family and individual status
  • explaining language used in Japanese interactions that reflects humility or deference, for example, expressions used to refuse or deflect praise of self or family, or to defer to others
  • considering how and why Japanese speakers use conversational strategies to avoid conflict, such as using indirect or softened language, for example, もうすこし がんばりましょう。
  • comparing core cultural concepts reflected in Japanese language, such as () (‘harmony’), with similarly significant cultural concepts reflected in some Australian terms or expressions, for example, mateship
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,  Modesty

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