ESOL Lr/L2.4a Follow and participate in a discussion or conversation

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ESOL Lr/L2.4a Follow and participate in a discussion or conversation

  • recognise where a speaker is stating a fact or expressing an opinion, and be able to respond appropriately
  • be aware that meaning is not always stated overtly, but may have to be inferred, and that inference has a cultural context and often depends on shared knowledge and experience. E.g.  Are you busy tonight? Do you fancy coming out for a meal? No, I’m sorry, I’m washing my hair.
  • recognise a range of informal expressions used in social conversation and discussion (e.g. fed up, gutted), and know when it is appropriate to use them. E.g. I’m sick to death of your excuses. No need to be like that about it. He was gutted.
  • identify a wide range of structures, vocabulary and intonation patterns used in expressing feelings, and be able to respond appropriately. E.g. I couldn’t believe my ears, I really couldn’t.  I bet you couldn’t.
  • recognise speaker’s use of exaggeration, understatement, irony, etc. E.g. This writing is driving me insane! She’s not exactly the brightest star in the sky, is she? Are you feeling fed up? Just a bit.
    (See also Sd/L2.1aSd/L2.2a)

Source: Adult ESOL Core Curriculum (DfES, 2001) 

This lesson is based around the story of Birkenhead resident Charlie Wright, who famously refused to leave his house when the local council decided to demolish the estate around it. Students have the opportunity to discuss themes of community, identity and change. Students watch a short documentary about Charlie from the BBC archives and answer comprehension questions. Charlie's story provides a context for a role play task whereby learners have to decide how best to regenerate Charlie's lost neighbourhood.

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Level 2
FE L1.1 Identify relevant information & lines of argument in explanations & presentations
FE L1.2 Make requests & ask relevant questions to obtain specific information
FS Eng L1.4 Communicate information / ideas / opinions clearly & accurately on range of topics
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
FE L2.2 Follow narratives & lines of argument
FE L2.3 Respond effectively to detailed or extended questions & feedback
FE L2.4 Make requests & ask detailed & pertinent questions to obtain specific information in a range of contexts
FS Eng L2.5 Communicate information/ideas/opinions clearly/effectively with further detail/development if required
ESOL Sc/L1.2b Ask for information
ESOL Sc/L1.4a Present information and ideas in a logical sequence
ESOL Sd/L1.2a Express views and opinions
ESOL Lr/L1.1a Extract information from texts of varying genre, e.g. radio, TV
ESOL Lr/L1.1b extract relevant information from a narrative or explanation face-to-face or on the telephone, and respond
ESOL Rw/L1.2a Recognise & understand vocabulary associated with different types of text, using appropriate strategies to work out meaning
ESOL Sc/L2.3b Ask for information
ESOL Sc/L2.4a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/L2.5a Present information & ideas in a logical sequence and provide further detail and development to clarify or confirm understanding
ESOL Lr/L2.1a Extract information from extended texts in a non-face-to-face context, e.g. radio
ESOL Lr/L2.4a Follow and participate in a discussion or conversation
ESOL Sd/L2.2c Express views, opinions, feelings, wishes
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