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Japanese / Year 3 and 4 / Communicating / Translating

Curriculum content descriptions

Interpret and explain simple interactions in Japanese, noticing linguistic and cultural features

[Key concepts: meaning, culture, translation, interpretation; Key processes: identifying, explaining, interpreting, comparing]


  • explaining features of Japanese language protocols such as the use of formulaic expressions, for example, いってきます、ただいま, counter classifiers, and the indication of politeness by using です
  • explaining and modelling culture-specific practices and formulaic language, such as apologising for being late by waiting at the entrance/door, bowing and using the expression おくれて すみません。しつれいします。
  • demonstrating and explaining hand gestures, body language or facial expressions that work with language or stand alone in Japanese communication, such as beckoning with fingers pointing downwards, or waving a hand in front of the face to signal a negative response
  • using visual, print or online dictionaries, word lists and pictures to translate simple familiar texts such as labels or captions
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Translation (Language),  Japanese language

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