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Achievement objectives: Level 7

Proficiency descriptor

Students can use language variably and effectively to express and justify their own ideas and opinions and support or challenge those of others. They are able to use and identify the linguistic and cultural forms that guide interpretation and enable them to respond critically to texts.

Achievement objectives

The three communication objectives work together; the objectives for language knowledge, and cultural knowledge support students’ communicative proficiency.


In selected linguistic and sociocultural contexts, students will:

  • communicate information, ideas and opinions through increasingly complex and varied texts
  • explore the views of others, developing and sharing personal perspectives
  • engage in sustained interaction and produce extended text.

Language knowledge

Students will:

  • analyse ways in which the target language is organised in different texts and for different purposes
  • explore how linguistic meaning s conveyed across languages.

Cultural knowledge

Students will:

  • analyse ways in which the target culture(s) is (are) organised for different purposes and for different audiences
  • analyse how the use of the target language expresses cultural meanings.

The step up from level 6 to 7

By the end of level 6, students are communicating information, ideas, and opinions and expressing and responding to personal ideas and opinions. The content and language of the communication is targeted beyond the immediate context to include the appropriate expression of opinions using a variety of text types.

In addition to the above, level 7 students begin to engage in sustained interactions and produce extended texts as they explore the views of others and develop and share personal perspectives. The content and language of the communication is targeted to include the expression and justification of their own ideas and opinions, as well as supporting and challenging the ideas and opinions of others. Students are able to respond to increasingly complex and varied texts.

Note that the proficiency descriptor and achievement objectives for levels 7 and 8 are the same. For level 8 students, the step up involves deliberate and effective use of language according to audience and purpose, engaging in increasingly sustained interactions, and producing and responding critically to a variety of increasingly complex texts.

Possible context elaborations

A context is any situation, scenario, or activity that gives students the opportunity to interact or communicate using the target language. A context elaboration is an annotated text that has been created or generated in response to a particular situation, scenario, or activity. It may be, for example, the transcript of a spoken interaction. It may be productive or receptive. The annotations make links to the descriptor and achievement objectives and highlight language/cultural features.

The context elaborations provide examples of what is expected of students who are achieving at the specified level.

Assessment for qualifications

For information on NCEA achievement standards for learning languages, see Assessment for qualifications: Level 7.

Last updated January 20, 2017