This unit describes the basic skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to engage in short spoken interactions. It focuses on engaging with another person and responding to short, basic everyday spoken information and simple everyday instructions in familiar and immediate social contexts.

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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 small number of basic, common high frequency verbs, nouns and adjectives; - a limited number of formulaic expressions related to common topics; - basic interrogative question forms; - basic time modifiers; - basic modal can in relation to giving and responding to instructions; - small number of very common high frequency basic tense forms; - a small number of high frequency basic connectives; - basic adjectives after the verb to be; - basic vocabulary limited to everyday literal words to give simple descriptions and instructions; - basic common adverbs, such as to give and respond to instructions; - common prepositional phrases to give verbal description; - regular plural forms; - simple paralinguistic cues, such as body language to clarify, interpret and convey meaning; - pronunciation of a limited range of words and phrases that can be understood with some effort by the listener; - very limited use of tone and intonation to convey meaning; - appropriate forms of address, such as use of first names, titles, and; - basic common polite expressions.

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