This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts in a professional context.  Texts may be in printed and/or digital format.

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: - varied vocabulary and terminology including jargon related to professional interests; - understanding of a wide range of common collocations; - a wide range of simple, compound and complex sentences with a range of subordinate clauses; - a wide range of verb tenses and verb forms; - reported speech (questions/instructions) with a range of reporting verbs and verb forms; - a wide range of conditionals and modals; - definite and indefinite article; - a wide range of phrasal verbs, adjectives, adverbs, adverbial phrases and adjectives; - a wide range of conjunctions; - conjunctions of time; - a wide range of discourse linkers to develop ideas and their relationship to each other, to interpret and convey meaning, signal intention; - understands that different sources will present different perspectives, and recognises how text, language and structure influence the reader to adopt particular views and positions; - principal conventions of formal letters and complex prose texts; - a wide range of registers and style appropriate to a professional context; - recognition of a range of cues for inferred meaning; - ways of detecting the writer's tone, intention and attitude; - distinguish fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in texts; - idioms and colloquialisms relevant to the professional context, and; - formality requirements for formal letters and complex prose texts in electronic and print forms for a wide variety of purposes related to professional purposes.

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