Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Systems of language

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand and use a developing vocabulary including topical and classificatory language, recognising the function of different word types in the language

[Key concepts: word function, word order, patterns, rules; Key processes: identifying, recognising, noticing patterns, observing]


  • understand and use vocabulary relating to familiar and unfamiliar topics, including synonyms and older words that might not currently be used so often
  • understanding that words have different functions, for example, words for things, words for actions
  • identifying common word classes, for example, noun, verb, using available terminology from the language as appropriate
  • recognising that sentences are key units for expressing ideas
  • recognising common prefixes and suffixes in the language and how they change a word’s function
  • learning new words for everyday contexts and for a growing number of school and community contexts
  • recognising that the language may have words in common with nearby languages
  • observing some words in the language that are not found in English and vice versa
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Australian languages

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