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Japanese / Year 3 and 4 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise that Japanese is the official language of Japan and one of the major languages of the Asia-Pacific region

[Key concepts: language status, standard language, multilingualism; Key processes: recognising, comparing, classifying]


  • understanding the status of Japanese as the official language of Japan, a major language in the Asia-Pacific region, a world language and an Australian community language
  • understanding that there is a standardised form of Japanese, and that different dialects are spoken in different regions of Japan
  • comparing the language profile of Japan with the multilingual nature of Australian society, which includes speakers of Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages, Asian languages and world languages
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Japanese language,  Official languages

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