This unit describes the speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language.  This unit covers the skills and knowledge necessary to speak and listen in a range of straightforward informal and formal interactions related to employment involving discussion and 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 which is sufficiently broad to encompass straight forward employment-related needs; - a range of verb tenses and aspects, which may include present perfect continuous, past perfect, present and past simple passive and conditional; - question forms e.g. to get others to clarify misunderstandings and ambiguous points; - a range of modal forms; - a range of phrasal verbs; - a variety of adjectives, adverbs and adverbial phrases; - a range of conversation discourse markers, conjunctions; - a range of modifying words and phrases to explain and qualify ideas and express opinions and attitudes; - 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; - register appropriate to the context; - a limited range of colloquial and idiomatic expressions; - recognition of some inferred meaning e.g. logical, contextual, paralinguistic e.g. use of voice for effect (intonation and emphasis), facial expressions; - detect and give opinions and attitudes in oral texts, and; - verbal communication includes meanings which are not always explicit.

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