This unit describes the skills and knowledge to respond to a range of communications including written and oral texts for different exam contexts and requirements.

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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: - communication skills to use pronunciation which does not interfere with meaning; - identify and select grammatical structures and language related to text response; - take notes to summarise main points and supporting information according to required format; - select appropriate register to respond to written and oral texts; - apply conventions to establish and maintain exchanges; - draw on a range of de-coding and meaning-making strategies to make sense of texts; - draw on prior knowledge to make sense of texts; - connect ideas and information related to topic of text; - use grammatical forms for different purposes such as giving explanations and providing opinions; - respond to cross cultural interpretations of common language concepts, and; - self management skills to identify appropriate strategies that support effective skill demonstration, such as time management, skimming and scanning, re-reading for meaning, asking questions to clarify where required.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - key vocabulary related to a range of topics and issues; - differences between facts and opinions; - interactional strategies to maintain and respond to exchanges; - relationship between register, audience and purpose; - difference between formal and informal registers; - layout related to specific text types; - generic grammatical forms including personal pronouns and a range of tenses; - process of planning, drafting and proofreading; - a wide range of discourse markers, connectives, pronouns and cohesive devices to link ideas and concepts or contrast ideas, such as in spite of the fact that, and; - common cross cultural interpretations of common language concepts.

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