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ACSF Oral 3.08 Selects and uses appropriate strategies to establish and maintain spoken communication in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts


Derives meaning from a range of oral texts in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts


Moderate support

Advice and modelling available

Range of familiar contexts

Some less familiar/routine contexts

Some specialisation in routine contexts

Routine texts

May include some unfamiliar elements and embedded information

Includes some specialised vocabulary

Tasks include a number of steps within the 1 task,  eg: sequencing, applying basic inferencing, extrapolation and integration


Range and context

  • Derives meaning from language used for a range of purposes including exchanging or obtaining goods and services, gathering or providing information, establishing, maintaining and developing relationships, problem-solving and exploring issues in everyday situations
  • Identifies gist of oral texts with some unfamiliar elements, e.g. movies, presentations

Audience and purpose

  • Recognises the way structure and register may change according to the purpose of the oral text

Structure and grammar

  • Recognises introductory phrases which indicate that an opinion, or a fact, is being offered
  • Comprehends dependent clauses introduced by words such as although, when, if and while
  • Identifies cues and conventions to establish, maintain and take turns in formal and casual conversations using turn-taking, rebuttals and interruptions as appropriate
  • Follows the use of conventional grammatical forms, e.g. listening to instructions, explanations, questions and viewpoints


  • Comprehends longer oral texts with limited complexity
  • Listens for relevant information in order to make notes from oral texts on a range of everyday topics


  • Comprehends both everyday vocabulary and vocabulary from more specific contexts
  • Recognises some common idioms

Rhythm, stress, intonation

  • Can generally interpret stress patterns and intonation
  • Follows speech at normal rate of utterance


  • Provides non-verbal feedback in order to show interest or attitude