German / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Role of language and culture

Curriculum content descriptions

Notice that the languages people use relate to who they are and where and how they live

[Key concepts: place, culture; Key processes: noticing, exploring]


  • exploring the meaning of ‘culture’, how it involves visible elements, such as ways of eating or symbols such as flags, and invisible elements, such as how people live, what they value, and how they think about themselves and others
  • understanding that learning German involves ways of using language that may be unfamiliar, for example, using Guten Appetit before commencing a meal or using danke when refusing an offer
  • noticing expressions and terms that are used in Australian contexts, such as for foods, animals, sports and activities, for example, ‘sausage roll’, ‘Vegemite’, ‘joey’, ‘possum’, ‘Little Athletics’
  • understanding that gestures differ across cultures, for example, shaking hands is generally more common in German-speaking countries than in Australia and omission to do so may be considered impolite from a German perspective
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

Culture,  German language

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