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Vietnamese / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding / Role of language and culture

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the reciprocal relationship between language, culture and communication and how this relationship impacts on attitudes and beliefs

[Key concepts: language, culture, reciprocity; Key processes: reflecting, discussing, analysing]


  • exploring how cultural concepts such as respect for authority influence Vietnamese communicative practices, for example, not making eye contact when interacting with others, and not expressing differing personal views to elderly people, and how these may be misinterpreted by English speakers as lack of engagement or initiative
  • examining the influence of Vietnamese culture on gestures, tone and word choices in social interactions, for example, the practice of using family terms (chú, bác) to indicate informality when addressing an unrelated person reflects the value and importance placed on family in Vietnamese culture
  • identifying ways to enhance mutual cultural understanding, such as using cultural behaviours appropriately according to audience and context of communication, for example, making eye contact when talking to Australians but not when talking to elderly Vietnamese people
  • comparing how the same practice, concept or value is represented differently in different contexts and types of texts due to changes in attitudes and views, for example, how the concept of filial piety (chữ hiếu) is reflected in Vietnamese opera (cải lương) and in contemporary Vietnamese films, and in folk and contemporary literature
  • exploring significant values, practices and beliefs of other cultures, including those from other Asian cultures, that are reflected in different forms of media such as the internet, arts and entertainment, and stories
  • exploring how learning and using Vietnamese has impacted on own view of Vietnamese culture and other cultures, including their understanding of the role of culture in respecting and sustaining the environment
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Vietnamese language

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