Basic skills are integrated in the competence aims where they contribute to development of the competence in the subject, while also being part of this competence. In foreign languages basic skills are understood as follows:
Being able to express oneself orally and in writing in a foreign language is a key element in developing competence in the foreign language in question and is a common thread in the competence aims for both levels. These skills are important tools in the work to understand and use the new language in increasingly varied and more demanding contexts across cultures and subject areas. Having oral skills means being able to both listen and speak.
Being able to read a foreign language is part of the practical linguistic competence and means understanding, exploring and reflecting upon increasingly more demanding texts, thus gaining insight across cultures and subject areas. Developing reading skills in the new language also contributes to strengthening general reading skills.
Being able to do mathematics in a foreign language is a requirement for understanding and using the foreign language in connection with quantifications, calculations, measurements and graphic presentations in everyday contexts.
Being able to use digital tools in a foreign language helps to expand the learning arenas for the subject and adds valuable dimensions to the learning process through the encounter with authentic language and through using the language in authentic communication situations. Being critical of sources, copyright issues and protection of personal privacy are important features in digital contexts that are also part of learning foreign languages.
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