This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to research, discuss and write a report on a current issue of significance in Australia.

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: - vocabulary for a range of topics related to current issues; - sentence structures, such as simple, compound and complex sentences; - a wide range of verb tenses and aspects; - reported speech with a range of tenses; - a wide range of conversation discourse markers, conjunctions; - a wide range of modifying words and phrases to explain and qualify ideas; - use of intelligible pronunciation with stress and intonation patterns; - a wide range of discourse markers, connectives, pronouns and cohesive devices to link ideas and concepts, add information or contrast ideas; - understanding that different sources will present different perspectives, and recognising how text, language and structure influence the reader to adopt particular views and positions; - a wide range of registers, styles and conventions in spoken and written discourse; - a wide range of colloquial and idiomatic expressions; - knowledge of a range of cues (syntactic, semantic, logical, contextual) to work out meaning of text; - distinguishing fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in texts; - ways of detecting the writer's tone, intention and attitude; - detecting opinions in spoken and written texts, and; - using stress and intonation to convey opinion.

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