This unit describes the skills and knowledge for learners of English as an additional language to investigate features of Australian government.  The unit provides an introduction to the features of the system of government and the election process in Australia, and the skills and knowledge to research and write an opinion piece on a current issue related to government.

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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 wide range of vocabulary relevant to Australian system of government; - a wide range of simple, compound and complex sentences with a range of subordinate clauses; - a wide range of verb tenses; - most modal forms; - a wide range of discourse markers such as accordingly, subsequently, consequently; - a wide range of conversational/discourse linkers and conjunctions; - prose text comprising several cohesively linked paragraphs to express an opinion; - some knowledge of aspects of the local culture including colloquial language and irony as it relates to spoken texts relevant to the topic; - detect attitude, mood, intentions and inferred meaning by using a range of cues, and; - different sources will present different perspectives, and recognises how text, language and structure influence the reader to adopt particular views and positions.

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