Vietnamese / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that language is used differently in different contexts and situations, for example, at home, at school, at the market or at the doctor’s surgery

[Key concepts: variation, context; Key processes: analysing, explaining]


  • discussing with peers how they vary language use when communicating with people in different contexts, such as talking to a teacher, chatting with friends or going shopping, for example, Thưa cô, cho em nộp bài trễ một ngày được không ạ? Lan này, chừng nào có bài kiểm tra tiếng Việt? Chào cô, ở đây có bán từ điển tiếng Việt không?
  • identifying ways in which tone and body language vary in daily interactions depending on context, for example, the same sentence may be spoken in a different tone (friendly/unfriendly, respectful/impolite) and body language may change according to the setting (serious/interactive in the classroom, casual/friendly in the playground, relaxed at home/careful in the street)
  • explaining variations in aspects of language use such as tone, gestures, word choice or sentence structure in various situations and contexts, for example, interactions between customer and salesperson, doctor and patient, tour guide and tourist
  • identifying specialised language used in specific contexts, for example, at the market (giá bao nhiêu, trả giá, mắc, rẻ, giảm giá, hàng tốt/xấu) or at the doctor’s surgery (bị cảm, ho, nhức đầu, chóng mặt)
  • recognising differences in language use between class presentations and everyday conversations, such as Xin chào cô và các bạn versus Lan nè/Ê Lan, khỏe không?
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
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