Indonesian / Year 3 and 4 / Communicating / Reflecting

Curriculum content descriptions

Communicate in Indonesian using routine phrases and expressions, recognising that such language reflects cultural practices and norms

[Key concepts: politeness, etiquette; Key processes: experimenting, connecting]


  • recognising differences between Indonesian and English ways of showing politeness, for example, making requests and expressing gratitude (Tolong…, Terima kasih, Boleh saya…?), and recognising what may be viewed as impolite, such as pointing with the forefinger, folding arms, touching someone’s head, or blowing nose with handkerchief and keeping it in your pocket
  • trying out respectful gestures such as bending when passing between people, nodding while greeting others, and using a soft handshake when meeting others
  • participating in interactions associated with particular Indonesian practices, for example, etiquette associated with eating such as waiting to be invited to eat (Silahkan makan) and not eating with left hand
  • noticing how own language influences expectations about Indonesian language, for example, perceiving word order as ‘back to front’ compared to English, wanting to use one word for ‘you’, feeling the need to say ‘thank you’ often
  • discussing how Australian terms and expressions might be understood from an Indonesian perspective, for example, ‘bushwalking’, ‘kick a footy’ or ‘lamington’
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

Idioms,  Social customs,  Phrases (Grammar),  Indonesian language,  Socialisation

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