This unit describes the skills and knowledge for learners of English as an additional language to investigate and become familiar with aspects of Australian art and culture.  The unit focuses an introduction to Australian art and culture, past and present, including the visual arts and film, and issues related to Australian identity.

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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: - knowledge of a range of vocabulary related to arts and culture including some specialised vocabulary to describe details of the visual arts; - knowledge of techniques used by artists and film makers to convey meaning and achieve purpose; - a range of verb tenses and aspects, including present perfect continuous, past perfect, present and past simple passive, conditional (e.g. with if and unless); - a number of phrasal verbs, adverbs, adverbial phrases and adjectives to convey ideas, express opinions and attitudes e.g. I really like this; - a range of strategies to clarify and state own viewpoint; - methods to record notes, e.g. dot point lists, paraphrasing; - generally intelligible pronunciation with effective stress and intonation, although speaking may be characterised by hesitations and circumlocution; - understanding that a text reflects an author's culture, experiences and value system; - a range of verbal and non verbal strategies and conventions in conversation; - aspects of Australia's multicultural society and cultures; - varieties of Australian English; - discourse strategies to participate in group interactions; - use of tone, stress and intonation to modify meaning e.g. to convey emphasis on important information, and; - a limited range of colloquial expressions and some common idioms in informal interactions.

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