Japanese / Year 5 and 6 / Communicating / Translating

Curriculum content descriptions

Explain aspects of spoken, written and non-verbal communication in Japanese interactions that require interpretation and carry cultural meaning

[Key concepts: meaning, culture, interpretation, equivalence; Key processes: explaining, interpreting, demonstrating, experimenting, reflecting]


  • providing explanations or interpretations of formulaic expressions such as おめでとう used in a range of situations and celebrations, for example, congratulations おめでとう ございます and birthday wishes おたんじょうび  おめでとう
  • collecting, using and explaining Japanese words and expressions that do not translate easily into English, such as おかえり、いらっしゃいませ、ごちそうさま
  • demonstrating and explaining elements of non-verbal Japanese communication that require interpretation for non-Japanese speakers, such as hand gestures, eye contact and counting systems
  • experimenting with bilingual dictionaries and/or online translators, considering relative advantages or limitations of each resource
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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