This unit describes the reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language who have little or no formal education to read and write short, basic digital and/or paper based messages and to understand and complete basic forms for immediate personal needs.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required knowledge and skills: - a small number of basic, common high frequency words and some formulaic phrases related to immediate personal needs to read and write messages and forms; - a small number of simple adjectives and adverbs to describe objects, places, people and situations in messages; - simple time modifiers; - the alphabet and common sound units (phonemes); - simple modal 'can' used in basic messages; - a limited number of very common high frequency basic tense forms; - a limited number of question forms; - ask for help or support to interpret and convey meaning; - seek clarification of instructions or requests for information in forms; - high frequency basic connectives e.g. and to read and write basic forms and messages, e.g. name and address; - basic short sentence structure; - basic prepositional phrases in messages and forms; - connection between familiar words and pictures/signs; - basic conventions in messages; - basic conventions in forms; - two and three digit numbers, and; - basic time.

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