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ACSF Oral Level 1 Sample Activities


Personal(expressing identity)

  • Makes and responds to simple enquiries relevant to personal needs, e.g. asks about a training program advertised on the notice board, asks directions to toilets
  • Exchanges personal details in a casual conversation with known interlocutors
  • Listens and responds to direct questions by reciting personal details such as name, address, age, country of origin, date of birth, date of arrival
  • Asks questions and responds to brief, factual information in order to undertake simple oral negotiations to fulfil personal needs, e.g. establishes the price of a cup of coffee to make a purchase

Cooperative(interacting in groups)

  • Exchanges highly familiar information, e.g. introduces self to class, work team, and listens to the introductions of others, responding appropriately
  • Exchanges information in order to complete a group task, e.g. indicates a need for, or the availability of, a particular technology or support
  • Listens to suggestions and participates in a negotiated group activity, e.g. comes to an agreement about a meeting place for a workplace function, class excursion, family picnic

Procedural(performing tasks)

  • Gives short, straightforward instructions consisting of 1 or 2 steps, e.g. tells someone directions to reach a nearby location such as the way to the canteen, the nearest emergency exit, the office/reception/student admin, street directions given by taxi driver
  • Asks questions and follows specific information/instructions in immediate environment in order to complete a 1-step procedure, e.g. stop machine when red light goes on, where to sit in waiting room, meeting area

Technical (using tools and technology)

  • Logs on and off a computer website
  • Locates a given website with assistance
  • Begins to use email with support

Systems(interacting in organisations)

  • Decribes routine task, using workplace-specific vocabulary as appropriate, supported by body language, e.g. how to turn on a familiar piece of machinery or operate a piece of technology, such as the drink machine to new worker or club member
  • Expresses opinion in a short spoken exchange, e.g. indicates possible cause for machine failure
  • Asks questions and follows specific information or instructions in immediate environment in order to use technology or medium, e.g. how to key in ID information to access a new computer program, use a tape recorder in an Individual Learning Centre

Public(interacting with the wider community)

  • Gives basic facts about own personal background in a survey at work, in class or community settings
  • Elicits and responds to information in order to undertake simple oral negotiations, e.g. uses public transport by locating destination on public transport map, asking for ticket and tendering fare
  • Listens to short text of immediate interest and identifies key information, e.g. fire drill, television weather report

To achieve this level complete the following:

  • make an inquiry
  • give personal details to supervisor
  • communicate to fulfill a personal need, eg: find out prices to make a purchase

  • introduce yourself at meetings, listen to others, respond respectfully
  • ask for help when needed
  • participate in group discussions to come to an agreement

  • give directions to a nearby location
  • follow directions to complete  a procedure

  • log on and off a website
  • locate a website you are given
  • use email

  • describe how to use a machine or technology to someone new
  • explain why something might not work
  • ask questions while following instructions to use something new

  • answer survey questions about personal background
  • use oral language to undertake simple negotiations,eg: use public transport, ask for directions
  • listen to information and repeat main points