This unit describes the reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners of English as an additional language. The focus of this unit is on reading and writing skills in English to read complex instructions, informal messages and formal communications, which may be in printed and/or digital format, in an employment context, and to write an informal message.

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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 knowledge and skills: - varied vocabulary and terminology; - understanding of a wide range of collocations; - a range of formal and informal texts for employment purposes containing simple, compound and complex sentences with a range of subordinate clauses; - a wide range of verb tenses and verb forms, including active and passive; - reported speech with a range of reporting verbs and verb forms; - most modals and modal forms; - definite and indefinite article; - a wide range of phrasal verbs; - a wide range of adjectives, adverbs, and adverbial phrases; - a wide range of conjunctions e.g. conjunctions of time; - a wide range of discourse markers to sequence and structure text; - a wide range of adverbial phrases, prepositions and prepositional phrases; - understands that different sources will present different perspectives, and recognises how text, language and structure influence the reader to adopt particular views and positions; - a wide range of linguistic features and conventions in a range of genres; - a wide range of registers and style relevant to an employment context; - recognition of a range of cues for inferred meaning; - ways of detecting the writer's tone, intention and attitude; - distinguish fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in texts; - a range of common idiomatic and colloquial expressions relevant to the employment context, and; - level of formality requirements for conveying a message in electronic and print forms for a wide variety of purposes related to employment.

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