This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to develop reading, note-taking and writing skills in English, and to produce a range of complex texts relevant to study purposes and the field of study.

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 and expressions including jargon and some specialist terminology for a range of topics related to research study needs; - a wide range of texts for further study purposes; - a wide range of verb tenses and verb forms, active and passive; - a wide range of conditionals; - definite and indefinite article; - reported speech, using a range of verb forms to relate supporting evidence, acknowledge or confirm views or arguments; - a wide range of phrasal verbs, adverbs, adverbial phrases and adjectives to create meaning in research texts; - a wide range of adverbial phrases, prepositions and prepositional phrases; - a wide range of collocations; - a wide range of conjunctions; - a wide range of discourse markers, connectives, pronouns and cohesive devices to link ideas and concepts, add information or contrast ideas; - differences between paraphrasing, plagiarising and direct quotes in written texts; - understands that different sources will present different perspectives; - a wide range of registers related to specific fields of study; - ways of detecting the writer's tone, intention and attitude; - different roles required of the author in further study texts; - recognition of a range of cues for inferred meaning, such as logical and contextual; - distinguish fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in texts; - formality requirements for complex texts related to further study, and; - use of appropriate referencing style.

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