Maintain and adapt oral communication

This unit standard will be useful to learners who need a sound foundation of spoken language ability for further language growth, and for application in real life contexts. Learners talk confidently in both formal and informal contexts and actively listen for ideas and information in interactions with other people. They are aware of the ways others speak to influence listeners and audiences. In conveying their ideas and information they select language and a register that is accessible to their audience and fit for their purpose.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
use a variety of strategies to maintain communication
adapt speech to accommodate cultural sensitivities without losing own meaning
use knowledge of language structures and conventions to shape or decode meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary or constructions
organise and present information in a focused and coherent manner
identify and explain how speakers influence audiences.