This unit describes 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 in English to participate effectively in a range of sustained casual conversations and formal exchanges.

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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 for a wide range of topics related to social, community, recreational, vocational or study purposes; - a wide range of common collocations; - simple, compound and complex sentences with a range of subordinate clauses; - a wide range of verb tenses and verb forms, including active and passive; - most modal forms; - reported speech, questions and instructions using a range of verb forms; - a wide range of phrasal verbs e.g. think through, think over, put off, put through; - a wide range of adjectives, adverbs, adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases; - a wide range of discourse markers; - a wide range of conjunctions (subordinating and coordinating); - uses intelligible pronunciation; - use tone, intonation and stress to influence meaning in spoken language; - a wide range of registers, styles and conventions in spoken discourse; - a wide range of common idioms and colloquial expressions; - an awareness of English varieties; - recognition of a range of cues for inferred meaning, and; - distinguishes fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in oral texts.

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