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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in X 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114992  Demonstrate understanding of aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in X 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Foreign Languages 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to learners who wish to acquire further listening skills in X. This standard will most likely be taken in conjunction with standards for speaking, reading and writing.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Identify the gist of aural texts
  • Listen for salient and specific detail

    This level provides very useful communication skills for the workplace 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners have already achieved the outcomes of NQF level 4 for the listening skill and have a developing ability in speaking, reading and writing skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context apply to the whole unit standard:
  • "Aural texts" refers to any texts presented for listening from any source.
  • "Aural texts" may have a varying pace of delivery and register and some usage of regional varieties depending on circumstances.
  • For credit in this unit standard, learners must be able to understand authentic texts such as lectures, speeches, talks, radio broadcasts, telephone conversations, interviews and conversations of mother-tongue speakers.
  • Texts vary with regard to standard pronunciation and word choice and go beyond the limits of basic vocabulary if relevant to the field of specialisation of the learner.
  • Topics include fields of specialisation applicable in the learner's context, such as technical/literary/economic discussions or presentations.
  • "Concrete" refers to real-life situations encountered at work, at institutions of learning, during leisure activities, etc.
  • "Abstract" refers to texts of a political, scientific, artistic or philosophical nature.
  • Formulation of questions/tasks should be easily understood: the degree of linguistic difficulty of the question/task must not be a barrier in itself. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the gist of aural texts. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Text will be heard twice. Text types: radio broadcast, speeches, talks, interview, etc 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The topic is correctly identified and indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main ideas are understood and correctly sequenced 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Listen for salient and specific detail. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    "Salient details" means important single bits of information and the main points in relation to the intention of the text are understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The main and supporting ideas are distinguished. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tone and register are recognised and indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The speaker's and/or character's viewpoint is identified and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Socio-cultural values, attitudes and beliefs are recognised and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reaction/response required by the text is appropriate 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a candidate against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. In particular, this means the assessors must be competent to assess learners of X.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed against the specific outcomes stipulated in the assessment criteria. Achievement of the specific outcomes depends on mastery of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the learner's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard:
  • Vocabulary, language conventions and structures
  • Dictionary skills
  • Socio-cultural and political awareness in X countries
  • Geographical situation and features
  • Similarities across languages
  • Areas of interference between languages
  • Evolution of language 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Show responsibility towards the environment and the health of others (texts from other countries increase awareness and promote reflection
  • Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively (reading, note-taking, summarising, etc) 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems seeking information appropriate to tasks, deciding on appropriate action and seeking appropriate resources for tasks; increasing complex decisions are made without guidance, eg concerning format, style, register, cultural approach, finalising processes of independent thought 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team / group / organisation / community (activities such as role play, group planning and achievement teach interpersonal skills, sharpen capacity to recognise various types of potential contributions by others, mediate understanding and resolve conflict) 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively : homework, regular revision and commitment to extra-mural activities; increased complexity of activities (academic, extra-mural, home) results in training in choices and self-discipline and intrinsic satisfaction at accomplishments is perceptible 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Organise, analyse and critically evaluate information 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, in the modes of aural, oral, audio-visual and written presentations, using visual, numerical, graphic and/or specific, learnt, inter-language skills as well as applicable forms of gesture and other cultural attitudes and actions 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use information and communication technology effectively and critically, incorporating international styles, formats, conventions and techniques 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Develop cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social contexts (texts present diverse ways of thinking and creating) 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand the world as a set of inter-related parts of a system and appreciate the role of language in geographical, political and cultural diversity 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • The goal is to declare the learner competent in terms of the title. To ensure that assessment is integrated rather than fragmented, focus the assessment on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome or, preferably, groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the range as expressed under the title. Specific range statements under individual outcomes or assessment criteria are illustrations, from which Learning Programme developers can select. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible.
  • Do not focus assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Ensure that the assessment activities focus on outcomes and that sufficient evidence around all the assessment criteria is gathered.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through other techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes in a number of different contexts. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning. Assessment should be valid, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Kindly note that the letter 'X' used in this Unit Standard denotes a foreign language from the Germanic and Romance languages. This Unit Standard is generic.

    Although the focus of each unit standard may be on one particular skill, the teaching and learning of all skills is integrated. Form and function should be contextualised. This integration is best achieved through a pragmatic and communicative text-based approach. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49710   National Diploma: Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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