Level 1 Literacy - English Language

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Curran

This course provides the opportunity for international and migrant students to achieve the literacy requirements for Level 1 NCEA with the three generic literacy Unit Standards.  There is also the opportunity to sit other English Language Level 2 Unit Standards for extra Level 2 credits, once Level 1 Literacy has been achieved.

 The emphasis of this course is on communication in English and requires the student to focus on reading with understanding, writing to communicate ideas and to actively take part in spoken interactions. All work generated in class by the teaching and learning programme for the literacy unit standards is assessed internally over the whole year. 

 Areas of focus are: increasing vocabulary; practising English grammar; recognising language features, purpose, audience, and different types of text; locating and analysing ideas and information from text and wide reading; presenting a speech, comparing, contrasting and evaluating meaning; producing paragraphed writing using different sentence structures; learning strategies for self-monitoring and accuracy; contributing ideas and displaying both verbal and non-verbal behaviours with spoken communication.

Course Overview

Term 1
Subject, purpose and audience of a text
Text types
Information writing - report
Reading texts for understanding - class novel
Vocabulary learning
Topic speaking practice

Term 2
Essay - character/theme writing
Group work - posters, speaking, discussion
Reading for understanding - articles and reports, notices and familiar texts
Compare two careers - report writing
Vocabulary learning
Parts of Speech - Grammar

Term 3
Sentence Structure - grammar
Writing - My dream room - description
Reading for understanding - websites, research
Global Issues Speech presentation
Vocabulary Learning
Pair and group speaking
Listening activities
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Term 4
Editing reading and writing tasks for portfolio
Verb tenses and pronunciation
Vocabulary learning
Exam question practice

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

Level 2 & 3 Preparation for UE Literacy - English Language

Career Pathways

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