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Week 7: Unit standards 28056 and 28057

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

   Today is the last day to submit your response to the NZCEL review survey. You can read Julie Luxton’s advice on completing the survey here along with the relevant links.


Janette Ryan has started a useful conversation around Vocabulary. Read contributions here and remember we also have relevant links in


If anyone attended the WATESOL presentation on Preparing EAL students for university it would be great to read a summary of the talk.


Also discussed the difference between unit standards 28056 Read and understand texts on familiar topics and 28057 Read and understand texts for practical purposes. Julie drew our attention to the nature of the texts required for each standard. In particular she noted that, whilst texts for 28056 might require students to understand the overall idea, texts for 28057 would require students to understand the overall purpose of the text. That said there are some information texts that could be used for us 28056 where ‘overall idea’ is less appropriate. I have found that referring to the unit standards clarifications is always useful when teasing out the difference between standards.


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