Japanese / Year 1 and 2 / Understanding language and culture / Understanding the interrelationship of language and culture

Curriculum content descriptions

notice that people use language in ways that reflect cultural practices (AC9LJ2U04)

  • exploring the meaning of ‘culture’ and how it involves visible elements (ways of eating or symbols used in flags, etc.) and invisible elements (how people live, how they think about themselves and others, how they relate to their environment, etc.)
  • noticing that Japanese has different language for polite and informal interactions, for example, hearing the difference between ありがとう and ありがとうございます
  • understanding that learning and using Japanese language involves becoming familiar with some other ways of communicating, for example, いただきます、ごちそうさま, and also involves some ways of thinking about things and behaving that may be unfamiliar
  • exploring symbols used by First Nations Australians and those used in Japanese-speaking communities in a range of contexts, for example, finding out what the symbols on flags represent
  • understanding that culture and cultural behaviours are woven into languages and cannot be separated from them, for example, it is possible to bow without a spoken greeting in Japanese culture, but not to greet without bowing
  • becoming aware of Japanese ways of showing respect and politeness, and comparing with how this is done in their own language(s) and culture(s), for example, using titles such as せんせい, bowing, and accepting objects with both hands
  • comparing aspects of lifestyles of children living in Australia and Japan, such as ways of playing games, じゃんけん, mealtime etiquette, or addressing family members and friends
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural Understanding
ScOT terms

Japanese peoples,  Cultural awareness,  Cultural identity,  Cultural interaction

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