This unit describes the speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language. It focuses on developing listening and speaking skills to participate in short, simple conversations which involve the exchange of personal information and making and responding to simple requests and inquiries 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, phrases and expressions related to immediate needs in familiar transactions and social situations; - simple, every day adjectives to make simple requests; - simple time and place words and phrases; - a limited range of simple high frequency connectives; - a limited range of simple discourse markers; - a limited range of common high frequency verb tense forms; - simple relationships expressed by subordination; - simple personal singular pronouns; - simple possessive adjectives; - simple questions and statements; - simple frequently used modifying words and phrases; - some simple phrasal verbs; - use simple paralinguistic features; - intonation of questions, statements and command; - use pronunciation, stress and intonation which is generally intelligible with high frequency words in familiar, supportive contexts; - common polite expressions; - a limited range of common colloquialisms, and; - money, quantities, and time in the context of simple exchanges.

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