Arabic / Year 7 and 8 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that spoken and written Arabic varies according to regions and countries, and according to context, situations and relationships

[Key concepts: variation, dialect, context; Key processes: identifying, distinguishing, relating, analysing]


  • recognising that forms of address and greetings may vary according to the time of day, gender, a person’s background and the social status of the participants, for example,

    مرحبا؛ أهلاً؛ صباح الخير/ مساء الخير؛ سلام ونعمة؛ السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته؛ سلام الرب معك

    سيد أمين؛ الآنسة هالة؛ ؛ الأستاذ فارس

  • recognising that informal forms of address are commonly used and are accepted as the norm in various Arabic-speaking communities, for example,

    عم جوزيف؛ عمة سناء؛ خالة عبير؛ ست صباح؛ عم سليم

  • identifying how they communicate with their family and friends and with people less close to them, noticing differences in word choice and language use and communicative behaviour
  • explaining how their spoken language at home may differ from the language spoken in class, and recognising similarities and differences between various dialects represented within the classroom
  • understanding that the Arabic language has a standard form called Al Fusha, اللغة العربية الفصحى , which is mainly used in writing, and a range of oral dialects that differ greatly from region to region, for example, regional dialects from Lebanon, Palestine, Morrocco, Iraq, Egypt
  • understanding how gestures and tone are used to change the meaning of speech, and how the purpose of interactions, such as to command or invite, would change the emphasis on words being used, for example,

    زينب؛ تعالي! تعالي يا زينب. ضع الكتاب على الطاولة؛ الكتاب؛ ضعه على الطاولة الآن!

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 usage,  Arabic language

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