Learning objectives

At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

1. Understand oral messages in standard language related to the education, the health, and the working and social environments of people working in the field of support to people with special needs and to analize the general meaning of a message relating it to the corresponding language resources.

  • Identify the context of the message.
  • Identify the main idea of the mesage.
  • Identify the purpose of a face-to-face or telephone message or any other oral message received through any means of communication.
  • Get specific information from oral messages common in the professional and daily lives in the field of support to people with special needs.
  • Organize the elements of a message.
  • Identify the main ideas in a speech about the professional field transmitted through the mass media in standard language.
  • Recognize oral instructions and follow instructions.
  • Be aware of the importance of understanding the general meaning of a message even if you don’t understand everything.

2. Understand and make a comprehensive analysis of simple written texts related to the education, the health, and the working and social environments of people working in the field of support to people with special needs.

  • Read and understand written texts in standard language about the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Interpret the global meaning of a written message.
  • Relate a written text to the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Identify the specific information used in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Interpret the most common documents used in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Translate textsfrom the professional field of support to people with special needs by using the necessary reference material.
  • Understand a written text received through different means: post, fax, and e-mail, among others.
  • Choose the appropriate reference material such as technical dictionaries and automatic translators.

3. Produce clear, well-organized oral messages and take an active part in conversations frequently used in companies in the fields of the education, the health, and the working and social environments of people working in the field of support to people with special needs.

  • Identify and apply the correct style, formal or informal, in oral speech.
  • Express an oral message by using a variety of communicative resources.
  • Use the appropriate conventions in the production or oral messages in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Describe the events that normally occur in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Use the appropriate terminology as commonly used in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Express feelings, ideas or opinions.
  • Express the basic activities in the professional field, such as giving support to people, meeting professionals of related fields and describing common documents.
  • Describe the job of a professional in the field of support to people with special needs.
  • Accept or reject other people’s proposals.
  • Justify a decision taken.
  • Ask other people to repeat or explain an oral message to make it more clear.
  • Apply the appropriate conventions in oral communication within the professional field of support to people with special needs.

4. Fill in basic documents in the field of support to people with special needs and/or write simple texts in standard language related to the education, the health, and the working and social environments of workers in that field.

  • Write short texts about the professional and daily lives in the field of support to people with special needs.
  • Organize a text in a coherent way.
  • Summarize texts in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Fill in documents related to the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Apply the appropriate conventions and vocabulary in documents related to the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Summarize the main ideas in written texts by using your own words.
  • Use the appropriate protocol in documents.

5. Show the appropriate attitude and behaviour in communicative situations as established by international conventions.

  • Define the most distinctive aspects of the customs of English-speaking communities in the professional field of support to people with special needs.
  • Describe the social conventions of your country.
  • Identify the values and beliefs which are characteristic of English-speaking communities.
  • Identify the social and professional aspects of the professional field of support to people with special needs in all types of oral and written messages.
  • Apply the social conventions in English-speaking communities.
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