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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) unit standards - Level 3 Belonging units

Formative teaching and learning resources

The topic of these Teaching and Learning Sequences is’ Belonging’ and lead to formative assessment on an aspect of the same topic. Summative assessment could focus on a different aspect of the topic and using different texts. 

These formative resources are designed to be used together but can be used separately if required. They recycle language to provide multiple opportunities for students to practise and transfer skills. For example, the listening teaching and learning sequence will ensure students have the background and skills that will enable them to better cope with the demands of the reading activities.

Each of the modules for the EAP unit standards (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) provides two sections:

  • Teaching and learning sequences with an overview of learning tasks, a number of separate teaching and learning sequences outlining the strategies and learning activities followed by the templates for those strategies and learning activities.
  • Formative assessment with an overview of the standard, assessor guidelines, student checklist, formative assessments and formative exemplars (these are exemplars for the purpose of giving feedback before students complete their summative assessments).

It is expected that teachers will select activities according to the needs of their students.

Teachers can adjust the teaching and learning tasks to a topic which suits their students’ interests, or their programme better. Here are some guidelines for adapting these units to suit another topic: 

Skill focus Unit standard Tasks

Unit standard 30509, version 1:

Demonstrate and apply understanding of a short spoken text in English for an academic purpose


Unit standard 30510, version 1:

Deliver a short oral presentation in English for an academic purpose


Unit standard 30511, version 1:

Read and apply understanding in English for academic purposes


Unit standard 30508, version 1:

Write a short crafted text for a specified audience using resource material in English for an academic purpose.

Why the topic was chosen

This topic was chosen because it connects to the personal experience and background of students and connects to the vision, values and key competences outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum document. 

There are a wide range of accessible resources of a suitable level available on the topic. It is expected that the topic will remain current for some time.


The writers of these modules are Jenni Bedford and Breda Matthews.

Published on: 25 Oct 2018

Supporting material

NZQA assessment support materials have been developed to support interpretation of the unit standards and to show how they can be meaningfully assessed.