This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to research features of Australian government and write an opinion piece on a current issue related to government.

Unit details

Study level:
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: - use of a range of specialised vocabulary relevant to Australian system of government; - use of a wide range of simple, compound and complex sentences with a range of subordinate clauses; - use of a wide range of verb tenses; - use of most modal forms; - use of a wide range of discourse markers; - use of a wide range of conversational/discourse linkers and conjunctions in discussions; - linguistic features of informative texts and texts expressing an opinion; - use of a range of strategies to compare and synthesise ideas and information from several texts; - some knowledge of aspects of the national political culture including colloquial language and irony as it relates to spoken and written texts relevant to government; - detection of 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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