This unit describes the speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language. The focus of this unit is on listening and speaking skills to understand and convey detailed spoken information and to follow and give a set of verbal instructions.

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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: - vocabulary and expressions to participate in a range of straightforward oral interactions to convey information and instructions; - sentence structures, e.g. simple, compound and complex sentences; - variety of question types to clarify misunderstandings and ambiguous points in interactions; - a range of verb tenses and aspects, which may include present perfect continuous, past perfect, present and past simple passive, conditional (e.g. with if and unless); - a range of modal forms, e.g. including negative form of need to and have to; - a range of phrasal verbs; - a variety of adjectives, adverbs and adverbial phrases; - a range of discourse markers, conjunctions; - a range of modifying words and phrases to explain and qualify ideas, express opinions and attitudes; - the gist of oral texts which are clear and straightforward; - question forms and strategies (e.g. paralinguistic) to clarify misunderstandings and ambiguous points; - how tone, stress and intonation modify meaning; - generally intelligible pronunciation with effective use of stress and intonation although speaking may be characterised by hesitations and circumlocution; - use of register appropriate to the context; - a limited range of colloquial and idiomatic expressions; - detect and express opinions and attitudes in oral texts, and; - recognition of some inferred meaning e.g. logical, contextual, paralinguistic e.g. use of voice for effect (silence, pausing), facial expressions.

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