Spanish / Year 7 and 8 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the dynamic nature of languages

[Key concepts: language contact, word borrowing, globalisation, dynamism; Key processes: observing, identifying, discussing]


  • understanding that languages and cultures change continuously due to contact with one another and in response to new needs, ideas and developments in communications and technology
  • identifying influences from other languages and cultures in contemporary Spanish, for example, tuitear, globalización, MP3, chatear, bloguear, cliquear
  • observing changes to language that reflect changing lifestyles and cultural trends, for example, abbreviations in text messages such as k (que) and a2 (adiós)
  • recognising the influence of Spanish on English and other languages by identifying loan words such as ‘patio’, ‘tango’, ‘taco’, ‘chocolate’, ‘tomato’, ‘guacamole’ and ‘siesta’, noting how they are pronounced by English speakers and considering the types of words and expressions that are most frequently borrowed
  • collecting examples of Spanish word borrowings from other languages, for example, fútbol, shopping, básquetbol and canguro, chófer, pizza, chau
  • understanding that some indigenous languages in both Australia and Spanish-speaking countries are strong, while others are endangered or being revived or reclaimed
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Spanish language

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