Course planning:
Topics 4 - 10

The chart of CSF topics demonstrates the essentials of CSF approach to language learning - a holistic and integrated approach to language curriculum, where students learn a full range of communication skills through activities and tasks - as a systematic progression through levels of learning. Themes, activities and tasks are integrated with a variety of text-types and linguistic elements (grammar). Used together with the chart of text-types and language functions, the CSF topic chart is an aid and a guide to teachers of Slovenian language in course planning.

The CSF topics are sequenced as a progression through primary to secondary level, as appropriate to each age level. Text-types, linguistic elements and language functions are integrated with this thematic approach and are presented gradually, increasing in range and complexity through levels 4 -6 (upper primary), 7 - 8 (early secondary), 9 - 10 (middle secondary). Topics, activities, vocabulary, text-types and functions are selected with a view to their suitability to the age group and the context of students' social experience and environment.

In the choice of topics a strong emphasis has been placed on Slovenian heritage and aspects of Slovenian culture and literature.

Years 4 - 6    
Topics Text Types Linguistic Elements
introducing oneself conversation nouns:gender
greetings description verb "biti" (to be), positive, negative
what is your name? question/answer noun / adjective gender agreement
responding, how I feel   adverb
    demonstrative pronoun
    function: introducing
2. Family
list of family members, relatives chart interrogative pronoun
names passport possessive pronoun
age pictures formal / informal forms of address
physical description description verb: "imeti" (to have) positive, negative
  play numbers, expressing age
    case: nominative, accusative
    function: describing
3. At School
in the classroom list verb: "e" conjugation
what we learn, read, write timetable noun: accusative/dative singular
subjects homework diary numbers
what is the time? play expressing time: case genitive
preference poem verbs with dative case
    function: expressing likes and dislikes
4. Easter
traditional Easter meal list noun: case-accusative singular
Slovenian Easter customs numbers expressing quantity - case: genitive sing.
comparison with Australian recipe demonstrative pronoun
Easter customs poem function: offering, thanking
learn various traditional methods pictures  
of Easter egg decorating hymn  
learn a traditional Easter hymn    
5. Our Home
vocabulary/plan of house and list prepositions: case - accusative singular
furniture in rooms house plan possessive pronoun
description of people in the house crossword puzzle verbs: "priti, "iti, "oditi" (come, go, leave)
activities using colours, numbers, proverb case: locative singular
adjectives advertisement function describing
write advertisement "house for    
sale" for newspaper/radio    
6. In the Kitchen - Breakfast
description of kitchen, utensils, list noun: case - accusative/locative singular
table setting menu verb: "a" conjugation
activities in the kitchen play adverb: time manner
breakfast time conversation function expressing ability/inability,
7. Springtime - In the Garden
characteristics of spring in label noun: dual, plural
Slovenia pictures noun: case - locative
comparison with Australia folksong preposition: case - locative
names of birds, flowers, plants, poem adjective: case - locative
gardening culture bingo  
names of gardening tools sentence  
gardening activities    
description of vegetables, herbs,    
8. Animals
list of animals in Slovenia description past tense
read selected poems, fables, fable/poem preposition: case - accusative
stories about animals riddle/proverb noun: case - accusative, locative
adapt stories for performance or play singular
role-play   adjective/ noun agreement
    verb: "i" conjugation
    function describing
9. Celebrations (Miklavž, Božič)
discuss the meaning of these discussion past tense
festivals talk Christmas expressions
compare how they are celebrated Christmas carol questions
in Slovenia and Australia poem function expressing emotion, greeting,
learn to sing Christmas carols story thanking
read poems and stories song  
ask relatives how they celebrated    
in their childhood and tell class    
Years 7 - 8    
10. Study of Slovenian
Slovenian as member of Indo- chart phonology
European languages and Slavic map sounds, spelling
group text pronunciation
linguistic map of Slovenia - main discussion loan words
dialects indicated and discussed   punctuation
listen to audio-tapes of people    
speaking in a dialect    
read texts in dialects    
discuss issue of spoken versus    
written and media language    
11. Slovenia - Regions and Cities
outline of Slovenian history article punctuation
geography of regions, towns, map noun: case - accusative, singular/plural
rivers, mountains list noun: case - locative, singular/plural
growth of nationalism in the 19th game verb: "je" and "ne" conjugations
century poem past tense
poetry and prose on homeland   function describing
12. Early History of the Slovenes - Myths and Legends
Slovenes as society fom 585 AD list verb: conditional and infinitive moods
read selected exerpts, legends, map complex sentences
folk-tales textbook direct and indirect speech
  folk-tale/legend conjugations
13. Mother and Father
read texts, stories, poems about story possessive pronoun
mother and father poem adjective
what is their role/what they do for function describing, expressing emotion,
the family   praising or blaming
Mothers/Fathers day    
14. At the Market
what food is available (fruit, list questions and answers
vegetables, smallgoods game numbers: cardinal, ordinal
questions and answers: shopping shopping list use of genitive case: numbers, quantity
conversation while shopping conversation function describing, requesting, thanking
15. Going Shoping
shopping: where, when list questions and answers
names of shops shopping list numbers
play the game of bingo with items game expressing quantity
and shops conversation use of genitive case: singular, plural
write a shopping list   function asking for, expressing wishes
shopping at the supermarket   wants
write and enact and exchange    
between buyer and seller    
16. Health
list of common illnesses telephone call reflexive verbs
visiting doctor, dentist conversation personal pronouns - accusative singular
prepare and perdorm a role play   past tense
    formulaic expressions
    function defining, describing
17. We All Work
list of professions, trades, list numbers
occupations plan adjective: comparative, superlative
what implements are used by game prepositions: case - instrumental singular
whom   verb: past and future tense
building a house - stages of   function defining, describing
matching or scrambled words    
18. Leisure Time    
how do you spend evenings, fairytale gerund
weekends, holidays telephone call formulaic expressions: time
interests - reading, drawing, sport talk function expressing likes, preferences,

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