German / Year 9 and 10 / Communicating / Reflecting

Curriculum content descriptions

Interact with a range of German speakers and texts, being aware of audience and context, and recognising that intercultural communication involves shared responsibility for meaning-making

[Key concepts: impact, reciprocity; Key processes: evaluating, questioning, taking responsibility]


  • exploring the reciprocal nature of intercultural communication, the two-way process of noticing and responding to differences in perceptions, understandings or behaviours such as the degree of formality or directness
  • reflecting in discussions or journals on critical incidents in the course of learning and using German, for example, breakdowns or breakthroughs in communication, and discussing repair and recovery strategies and insights gained
  • reflecting on how language choices might be interpreted by German speakers and making adjustments to help convey intended meaning, for example, more often using the generalised pronoun man or a passive construction rather than du/wir/sie or (alle) Leute
  • considering how own cultural practices, values and body language may be interpreted by German peers, for example, personal space and physical contact, personal and family habits and behaviours
  • exploring and challenging own assumptions and offering different perspectives to new situations/learning/language, including challenging stereotypes, for example, by making video clips of cultural bloopers an Australian visitor to a German-speaking country might make, and vice versa
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Word meanings,  Cultural interaction,  German language

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