German / Year 9 and 10 / Communicating / Translating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Interpret and/or translate German and English texts, identifying and explaining culture-specific aspects and expressions that do not translate easily

[Key concepts: culture, context, idioms; Key processes: interpreting, translating, comparing, analysing]


  • viewing excerpts of German/English subtitled films, evaluating the effectiveness of the translations, and explaining aspects of culture
  • comparing, analysing and explaining German and English idiomatic expressions, finding ways to convey the meaning and cultural significance, such as by paraphrasing, for example, Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof, wenn ich ├╝berhaupt nichts verstehen kann.
  • experimenting with the translation of popular German expressions or idioms, for example, Du spinnst! schwarzfahren, and explaining the potential for misunderstanding
  • examining German versions of equivalent English texts, such as traditional tales and legends, advertisements, songs and jokes, and analysing linguistic and cultural differences, and translation challenges and solutions
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

Translation (Language),  German language

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