English / Year 2 / Language / Language variation and change

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand that spoken, visual and written forms of language are different modes of communication with different features and their use varies according to the audience, purpose, context and cultural background (ACELA1460)

Elaborations
  • identifying examples and features of different kinds of spoken, non-verbal, written and visual communication from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and from several Asian cultures within Australia, and associating those features with particular communities
  • recognising some phrases in the languages of the class and community, for example greetings and expressions of politeness
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Text types,  Text purpose,  Spoken texts,  Visual texts,  Cultural contexts

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