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

Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise that French is both a local and a global language

[Key concepts: first language, global language, dialects, creoles, accents; Key processes: mapping, comparing, distinguishing]


  • recognising that French is an important world language spoken with a variety of accents and dialects in many regions of the world as well as in France, for example, le Québec, le Sénégal, le Maroc, La Suisse, La Nouvelle Calédonie
  • understanding that French serves different functions within France and in other regions of the world, including Australia, for example, as a langue nationale, officielle, de communauté, diplomatique and culturelle
  • mapping and comparing variations in forms and expressions of French language in different geographical contexts, for example, les langues kanakes de la Nouvelle Calédonie, les langues bretonnes de la Bretagne, la créole de la Guadaloupe
  • comparing diversity in accents, dialects and vocabulary in French-speaking communities with similar diversity in the use of English within and beyond Australia
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Dialects,  French language,  Global language,  Multilingualism,  Creoles

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