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Arabic / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Explore how language use differs between spoken and written Arabic texts, and depends on the relationship between participants and on the context of the situation

[Key concepts: language, variation, context, relationship; Key processes: observing, explaining]


  • understanding the importance of using appropriate forms of address when interacting with different people, for example, the use of سيد ماجد؛ أستاذ هاني؛ سيدة عبير؛ خالتي رانيا؛ عمي حسين حضرتك؛ عم كريم؛ خالة سامية with adults, both close relatives and strangers
  • recognising how language use reflects the mood, feelings, attitudes or relationships of the people involved, for example,

    إنها أمي تتصل على المحمول مرة ثانية! سعاد، ماذا تريدين الآن؟

  • experimenting with different vocabulary and language structures in Modern Standard Arabic, and making comparisons with Arabic dialects spoken by themselves and peers, discussing similarities and differences
  • comparing spoken and written texts, for example, a spoken and a print advertisement, or a spoken conversation and an email, and explaining how mode relates to linguistic structures and features and how this affects meaning
  • recognising differences in language use between class presentations and everyday conversations
  • explaining why different forms of Arabic are used depending on the context of communication, such as the use of Modern Standard Arabic when communicating with people with different dialects or with the teacher in the classroom, compared with the use of colloquial Arabic at home
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Language usage,  Arabic language

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