This unit describes the basic speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language. It focuses on giving and responding to simple instructions and short verbal descriptions 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 number of simple words, simple structures, phrases and expressions related to simple descriptions and instructions; - simple every day adjectives e.g. to convey attitudes, opinions and feelings; - simple time and place words and phrases in simple descriptions and instructions; - a limited range of simple high frequency connectives; - a limited range of simple discourse markers to convey instructions and information; - a limited range of common high frequency verb tense forms; - simple personal singular pronouns e.g. I, you he/she; - simple possessive adjectives e.g. my, your, his/hers; - simple questions and statements; - intonation of questions, statements and instructions; - simple frequently used modifying words e.g. nearly, very; - some simple phrasal verbs e.g. get off, pick up, pull up; - simple paralinguistic cues e.g. body language to interpret and convey meaning and acknowledge understanding; - intonation of questions, statements and commands e.g. to convey feelings; - pronunciation, stress and intonation which is generally intelligible with high frequency words in familiar, supportive contexts; - appropriate familiar forms of address, use of first names, titles e.g. Mr, Mrs; - a limited range of common colloquialisms e.g. see ya!; - a limited range of common polite expressions e.g. Thanks for your help, and; - basic money, quantities and distance related to simple exchanges in familiar contexts.

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