This unit describes the skills and knowledge for learners of English as an additional language to research the key aspects of the physical Australian environment, and to identify and investigate environmental issues.  The unit provides an introduction to terminology related to Australian physical features and environmental issues, and the skills and knowledge to research and present information in an oral presentation and a written report.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills and knowledge: - a varied vocabulary to describe physical features of the landscape environments and to outline environmental issues; - language of measurement, shape and numbers relevant to this unit; - a range of verb tenses and aspects, which may include present perfect continuous, past perfect, present and past simple passive, and conditional; - most modal forms; - a range of discourse markers, connectives and cohesive devices to link ideas and concepts, add information or contrast ideas e.g. in addition, therefore, as a result, finally; - a range of strategies to clarify and state own viewpoint; - features of text organisation of a paragraph, e.g. topic sentence, supporting details and linking devices; - generally intelligible pronunciation with effective stress and intonation, although speaking may be characterised by hesitations and circumlocution; - a range of registers, styles and conventions used in spoken discourse; - distinctions between fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in oral and written texts; - a range of verbal and non verbal strategies and conventions in conversation; - use of tone, stress and intonation to modify meaning e.g. to convey emphasis on important information, and; - detect and respond to opinions, attitudes in oral group interaction.

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