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Respect and Responsibility

Promoting values in education

Curriculum Mapping

Modern Languages Stage 4
Syllabus links Opportunities for learning

Outcome 4.MBC.1:

A student demonstrates understanding of the interdependence of language and culture.

Students learn about:

  • the significance of cultural awareness in language use and the influence of cultural values on how meaning is conveyed
  • key features of social interactions in diverse contexts
  • ways of identifying cultural values and practices in observing social interaction among members of the community

When teaching students about the interdependence of language and culture, opportunity exists to compare language and behaviour within the culturally diverse communities of NSW and beyond. Students discuss the link between language and different types of social interaction in both formal and informal contexts and compare them with English and the languages and cultural backgrounds represented in the classroom. They also learn that there are culturally appropriate expressions for particular contexts. By recognising the importance of culture and cultural awareness, students learn to respect, and be more accepting of, the diversity within Australian society.

Dimensions of respect and responsibility:

Outcome 4.MBC.2:

A student demonstrates knowledge of key features of the culture of [Language]-speaking communities.

Students learn about:

  • ways in which language and behaviour reflect important aspects of the culture
  • the importance of tradition to a sense of cultural identity and diversity within the culture
  • representations of the culture of [Language]-speaking communities in text, film and mass media
  • collecting and interpreting electronic information, with consideration of its ethical use, in order to identify and reflect on representations of the culture

Through the study and discussion of traditional and contemporary culture of the [Language]-speaking communities, students examine the importance of tradition to a sense of cultural identity and diversity within their own and other cultures. They learn to identify and explain traditional and contemporary lifestyles by exploring, eg generational and regional differences, gender roles, the origins and place of festivals, and routines of family and school life. Opportunity exists for students to identify and respond to generalisations about people and culture, and to question stereotypes. Students learn to research and present information on [Language]-speaking communities using a range of information and communication technologies, demonstrating responsible and ethical behaviour in its use.

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