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

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the relationship between language and culture, reflecting on how language reflects personal and community experience and values, and may be differently interpreted by speakers of other languages

[Key concepts :culture, language, meaning, interdependence, perspective; Key processes: analysing, identifying, reflecting, making connections]


  • discussing how values, such as politeness, affection or respect, are conveyed in Turkish, for example, by comparing interactions in their family with interactions they observe in non-Turkish speaking families, for example, the use of terms of affection, such as güzelim, hayatım, kuzum, canım, or terms of politeness, such as lütfen, rica ederim
  • understanding that people respond to intercultural experiences in different ways depending on their own cultural perspectives and recognising the validity of different perspectives and questioning notions of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ ideas
  • identifying interaction patterns around familiar routines, such as meal times or welcoming guests, which reflect cultural values associated with family life and social relationships, for example, Afiyet olsun!, Elinize sağlık! Buyurun! Hoş geldiniz! Hoşça kal! Güle güle!
  • drawing on their own experience of using Turkish, English and other languages in different contexts to consider how language can be both empowering and disempowering and inclusive and exclusive, for example, the use of expressions such as Sen benim kim olduğumu biliyor musun?
  • noticing how choice of language when communicating with different people, such as forms of address, choice of adjectives, nouns or pronouns, reflects relationships, attitudes and values
  • experimenting with ‘reading between the lines’ of unfamiliar texts, such as an editorial, news report or advertisement, to identify cultural references, values or perspectives that reflect the intention of the text and the context in which it was produced
  • identifying changes in contemporary ways of communicating in Turkish that reflect changes in cultural and social practices, for example, Hayırlı sabahlar/günaydın, sohbet etmek/iki lafin belini kırmak
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
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