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LANG305 – Level 3 (General) -Writing

Module code
Module title
Level 3 (General) -Writing
This module aims to develop writing skills required to convey information at a CEFR high B1 level. It will enable students to write information and ideas on abstract as well as concrete topics with good control of complex structures, spelling and punctuation.
  • EL1503
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Write formal and informal messages for a range of social purposes.
Write connected paragraphs to provide a detailed description, explain a procedure, or express and analyse opinions on a familiar abstract topic.
Explain information contained in tables, graphs, flow charts and/or diagrams.
-punctuation in formal and informal texts including dashes, brackets, bullet points and speech marks
-spelling of words relating to work, study and leisure interests
-basic grammatical structures, including conjunctions, connectives and discourse markers.

-vocabulary adequate to meet needs
-communication of information and ideas with some adaptation to the intended reader.

-linear sequencing of ideas using discourse markers and conjunctions
-layout and linguistic features appropriate to text type.

Sentence structure
Simple sentencesoThere was/were
-There has/have been
Compound sentencesoThere was/were
Complex sentencesoThere was/were
-defining relative clauses

Verb forms
Verb formsPresent/Past reference:
-past simple and past continuous (contrasted)

Past reference:
-used to

-simple passive
-use of 2nd conditional
-make / let / allow (+ object) + verb (with(out) to)
-reported speech (inc. questions)
-I wish / If only
-phrasal verbs (inc. intransitive and transitive)

Modals, nouns, pronouns, possessives, prepositions

Modalsmodals of ability, past and present
-could / was/were able to (past ability)
-would (past repeated action)
-past obligation / permission
Nouns-range of noun phrases with pre- and post-modification
Prepositions and prepositional phrases-wide range of prepositions

Articles, determiners, adjectives, adverbs, intensifiers

Articles-definite and indefinite article with both countable and uncountable nouns in a range of uses
Determiners-a range of determiners
Adjectives-a range of comparative structures
Adverbs-adverbs of manner
-adverbs of frequency / probability
-adverbs of degree
-attitude adverbs
Intensifiers-range such as notenough, far

Punctuation and spelling

Punctuation-uses of a range of punctuation marks such as colons and semi-colons
Spelling-the correct spelling of words used in work, studies and daily life

Discourse-a wide range of discourse markers to indicate addition, sequence, contrast and reason
-markers to buy time in spoken exchanges (let me think)

Teaching and Learning Strategy
Key approaches to instruction include selection of authentic and semi-authentic language models; clear contextualisation and effective presentation of new language; varied interaction - individual, pair, group, whole-class activities; information-gap activities; task-based activities; integration of skills; focus on accuracy and fluency; effective treatment of errors; valid and reliable assessment; integration of current technologies
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple assessment tasks, not tests alone. To pass this module, students must attempt and pass all assessment tasks.

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