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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise some of the common variations in German as it is used in different contexts by different people

[Key concepts: variation, register; Key processes: noticing, comparing, exploring]


  • noticing that the teacher uses different words for ‘you’ when addressing one or more students, for example, Setz dich, Peter! Setzt euch, Kinder!
  • comparing ways in which language changes according to purpose and text type, for example, differences in amount of language, tone and layout between a dialogue and a list of instructions
  • investigating the different names used to address the one person in various contexts (‘James Brown from 3M’, ‘Jimmy’, ‘mate’, ‘kid’), and considering when, by whom and why different names are used, reflecting on the effect a name choice can have on shaping the relationship between the speakers
  • exploring questions such as why we have greetings and what different greetings tell us, for example, time of day, relationship with the speaker, and background of the speaker
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

Language usage,  German language

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