This unit describes the language skills and knowledge required by learners of English as an additional language to describe simple health matters, to read simple medical advice and to seek assistance in a medical emergency.

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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 skills and knowledge: - simple terminology and expressions related to human anatomy, health, injuries and ailments and symptoms; - spoken and written (online and print) language and expressions related to accessing health support and services; - a limited range of simple personal singular pronouns, simple possessive adjectives e.g. my, his/her; - question forms; - use simple paralinguistic features e.g. body language; - intonation of questions, statements and commands; - use pronunciation, stress and intonation which is generally intelligible with high frequency words in familiar, supportive contexts; - numerical terms to describe basic measurements, quantities and time; - a range of common polite expressions e.g. Excuse me, can I make an appointment?, and; - simple everyday colloquial expressions e.g. Can I grab your details?.

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