Arabic / Year 5 and 6 / Communicating / Reflecting

Curriculum content descriptions

Reflect on their experiences of interacting in Arabic- and English-speaking contexts, discussing adjustments made when moving between languages

[Key concepts: biculturality, meaning, context, belonging; Key processes: comparing, explaining]


  • explaining changes they make when moving between English- and Arabic-speaking contexts, for example, adjusting the way they communicate to adults and authority figures in Arabic by using لو سمحت؛ من فضلك؛ أرجوك, or how they use different introductions depending on the audience, such as using بالإذن يا أبي ؛ هذا سليم صديقي من المدرسة to introduce friends to their parents and عادل؛ تعال؛ هذا ماهر صديقنا الجديد to introduce friends to each other
  • identifying changes they make when interacting in an Australian-English context, for example, using different forms of address, or different ways of showing politeness, and discussing why these adjustments are appropriate
  • reflecting on instances when moving between Arabic- and English-speaking contexts has felt comfortable, awkward or difficult and explaining why this might be the case, for example, translating to parents what the teacher is saying, helping an elderly person who cannot speak English find the bus stop
  • discussing the ways in which they communicate with Arabic speakers, for example, making appropriate eye contact, allowing for personal space, and respecting elderly people, parents and teachers, and making comparisons with the ways in which they communicate with English speakers
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

Cultural interaction,  Arabic language

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