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

Curriculum content descriptions

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

[Key concepts: norm, culture; Key process: making connections]


  • recognising that Indonesian is the language spoken in Indonesia, a country that is one of Australia’s neighbours in a region known as ‘Asia’
  • noticing similarities and differences between Indonesian and Australian lifestyles and language use, for example, tidur siang, bantal guling, bringing hands to forehead when greeting the teacher
  • exploring different cultural practices and related language use through games, for example, suten/suwitan, Semut, gajah, orang, and Hom Pim Pah
  • recognising words that reflect aspects of culture, for example, the names and sounds of distinctive flora and fauna such as orangutan, komodo and cicak, and artefacts such as the flag (sang merah-putih) and national emblem (garuda)
  • noticing that particular Australian-English terms and expressions have no equivalent in Indonesian, for example, ‘koala’, ‘meat pie’, ‘farm’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Regional culture,  Ethnicity,  Indonesian language

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