This unit describes reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language to read and write short, simple digital and/or print informational and instructional texts directly related to immediate personal and social 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 skills and knowledge: - a limited range of simple content words, phrases and expressions relevant to immediate needs; - a limited range of simple phrases and formulaic expressions used in simple instructions and information texts; - a limited range of simple adjectives and modifying devices e.g. In central Australia it is very hot and dry to provide detail in informational texts; - a limited number of simple adverbial phrases; - a limited range of common high frequency tenses; - a limited range of simple phrasal verbs; - simple modals e.g. must, have to, You must mix it slowly; - simple contracted forms e.g. Your teacher can't come until 2:30; - simple connectives e.g. and, or, but, because; - the alphabet in upper and lower case; - regular and irregular plural forms e.g. strawberries; - basic structural features of informational texts; - simple question forms; - reading skills to access simple bilingual dictionary and / or simple English dictionary to check unfamiliar words; - appropriate register in writing according to the audience and the purpose of the text; - conventions to complete short simple informational texts, and; - writing conventions from left to right and top to bottom.

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