Indonesian / Year 7 and 8 / Understanding / Role of language and culture

Curriculum content descriptions

Notice connections between language and culture in intercultural language use, recognising how words and expressions may be culture-specific

[Key concept: interdependence; Key processes: analysing, making connections]


  • noticing that some words are culture-specific, such as language associated with particular artefacts and the physical environment, for example, desa, sawah, durian, becak
  • recognising that some expressions are related to cultural practices such as eating, for example, sudah mandi, makan dulu, selamat makan, silakan makan
  • comparing how languages reflect values such as those related to personal attributes, physical appearance and behaviour, for example, halus, kasar, sopan, setia, baik hati, si berani, si kecil, sawo matang, gemuk
  • investigating the language associated with significant cultural practices such as celebrations, for example, Selamat Hari Raya, maaf lahir batin, panjang umurnya
  • recognising interconnections between own language and culture such as vocabulary and expressions related to people, lifestyle and environment, for example, ‘barbecue’, ‘thongs’, ‘bathers/togs/swimmers’, ‘no worries’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Idioms,  Social customs,  Indonesian language

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