French / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding / Role of language and culture

Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the dynamic nature of the relationship between language, culture and communication and how it impacts on attitudes and beliefs

[Key concepts: culture, meaning, change; Key processes: reflecting, analysing, comparing]


  • examining how changes to the French language reflect changes in some cultural practices and attitudes, for example, le fastfood, la pub/le pub, Madame le Directeur
  • sharing ideas about how culture ‘works’ as a combination of beliefs, values and practices, and examining own personal and community cultural frames of reference and how and why these change over time
  • using personal journals and group discussions to reflect on how learning French has impacted on own assumptions about French language, culture or identity
  • considering how the experience of learning a new language has impacted on awareness of own communicative and cultural behaviours and of how these may be interpreted by others
  • developing language for thinking and talking about cultural representation and expression, for example, ‘perspectives’, ‘values’, ‘images’, ‘stereotypes’, ‘inclusions’ and ‘exclusions’
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

Attitudes,  Language evolution,  French language

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