French / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that French speakers use language differently in different situations, such as in playground games, at home with the family or in the classroom

[Key concepts: language as social practice, language conventions; Key processes: noticing, comparing]


  • noticing that different kinds of language are used in different situations and with different people, for example, exchanges between children and parents (Un bisou, Papa! Je t’aime, ma puce!) and exchanges between children and unfamiliar adults (Bonjour, Madame, comment ça va?)
  • understanding that language varies according to context and situation, for example, language used for play with friends (vas-y! bravo! cours! à moi!) is less formal than language used with teachers (Pardon, Monsieur Falcon; je suis désolé; je m’excuse...)
  • understanding that language forms such as greetings vary according to the time of day or the occasion, for example, bonjour, bonsoir, bonne nuit, bonne année, bon anniversaire
  • understanding that language associated with particular interactions can vary in different cultural contexts, for example, the use of first names in Australian or American English compared to the use of titles and family names in French or Japanese
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 conventions,  French language

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