Italian / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding language and culture / Understanding the interrelationship of language and culture

Curriculum content descriptions

reflect on and explain how identity is shaped by language(s), culture(s), beliefs, attitudes and values and how these affect ways of communicating (AC9LIT10EU04)

  • discussing the use of dialects or language variations within the context of Italian-speaking communities, and reflecting on how these shape regional identity and group belonging
  • noting changes over time in levels of formality in Italian, particularly in spoken Italian such as forms of address, for example, noting the use of tu/Lei compared with voi/Loro, in older texts and regional dialects

  • examining the link between language and cultural values and practices evident in Italy, for example, the appreciation of things of beauty and style expressed by the concept of la bella figura, or the connotations of the concept of mammone 

  • reflecting on and explaining the protocols required to authentically co-create an Acknowledgement of Country/Place with a First Nations Australian, to present in Italian for a group of Italian-speaking visitors at a school assembly
  • understanding how language and culture convey values such as respect, for example, Cosa ne pensi? Sei d’accordo? È giusto? In Australia invece … A differenza di 

  • reflecting on being a communicator and user of Italian in a variety of social situations, for example, reflecting on the way Italian communication reflects values and beliefs such as in a retail setting it is considered rude not to greet the assistant; when entering a residence it is considered polite to say, Permesso, and handshaking between men and kissing on each cheek between women

  • reflecting on how their identity, values and beliefs may have changed as a result of their experiences of using and learning Italian
  • considering how their own and others’ identity may shift according to place and time; discussing cultural notions of ‘self’ as public or private, for example, con la mia famiglia sono …, mentre online cerco di essere …, Quando ero piccolo ero abbastanza … ma adesso che sono più grande …, and noticing the adjustments made when interacting with different people

  • reflecting on and learning to navigate aspects of Italian language and culture such as taboo topics, personal space, and perceptions of image, and considering what is ‘acceptable’, for example, È permesso parlare di politca/religione? Con chi? Perché no? Si fa? Non si fa.

General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and Social capability
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural Understanding
ScOT terms

Italian peoples,  Cultural identity,  Personal identity,  Cultural interaction

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