French / Year 3 and 4 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that languages change over time and influence each other, and that French has influenced many languages, including English

[Key concepts: influence, change, exchange; Key processes: identifying, classifying, interpreting]


  • considering differences in how groups of people communicate, such as younger or older people, girls and boys, and how new words and expressions are constantly being invented or borrowed from other languages
  • collecting French words used in English (for example, le restaurant, le café, le chauffeur, le ballet, le croissant), and comparing how they are pronounced by French and English speakers
  • discovering some of the English words used by French speakers (for example, le coach, le blog, l’Internet, le football, le corner, le burger, le denim), and considering if they are the same kinds of words as those borrowed from French into English
  • exploring how languages mix with each other to invent new words or expressions, for example, le franglais, le texto
  • ‘finding French’ at home or in the community to create a class collection or display, for example, French products, labels or words used in English language advertisements, shop signs, recipe books or menus
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Loanwords,  Language evolution,  French language

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