This unit describes the 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 messages and forms 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 relevant to immediate personal and social needs to read and write messages and forms; - a limited range of phrases and formulaic expressions used in simple messages and forms; - a limited range of simple adjectives and adverbs; - a limited range of simple adverbial phrases e.g. at the station, after work; - a limited range of high frequency tenses; - some simple phrasal verbs e.g. get off, pick up, come over; - simple modals e.g. could, must, have to - e.g. I have to let you know; - simple contracted forms, e.g. I'll see you; - simple connectives e.g. and, or, but, because in simple messages e.g. I can't come to class because I am sick; - the alphabet in upper and lower case; - basic structural features in simple short messages; - follow sequential or conditional instructions to complete forms e.g. Go to section B; - simple question forms; - reading skills to access simple bilingual dictionary and / or simple English picture dictionary to check unfamiliar words; - appropriate forms of address e.g. use of first names, titles Mr, Mrs or familiar forms of address in formal/informal messages; - conventions to complete simple messages e.g. openings, salutations, layout; - conventions in forms e.g. dates, titles, simple abbreviations e.g. N/A, symbols and graphics; - use of models to guide writing in messages and forms; - writing conventions from left to right and top to bottom, and; - simple common polite expressions e.g. How are you? Are you OK?

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