This unit of competency describes skills and knowledge required by EAL learners who have little or no formal education to read short, basic, factual digital and/or paper based texts including directions or instructions, and to copy basic factual information for immediate personal needs.

Unit details

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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 nouns and some formulaic and simple phrases related to immediate personal needs and information requirements; - a small number of basic adjectives and adverbs to describe objects and follow basic instructions; - the alphabet and common sound units (phonemes) and the letters that commonly represent them (their common graphemes) to decode and copy basic words and text in upper or lower case as required, such as to make a list of new words learned and revise them; - a small number of very common high frequency imperatives including irregular verbs (do, go) and negative forms used in basic written instructions; - high frequency basic connectives, for example and to read basic factual texts; - familiar content words in basic written instructions; - common prepositional phrases in basic factual written instructional texts; - regular plural forms; - basic question forms to ask for assistance from a support person to check writing and copy correctly where required; - use supporting visual information, such as diagrams to follow written instructions; - writing conventions from left to right and top to bottom; - copying basic information into appropriate formats; - high frequency sums of money in a written text, such as advertising material; - time (analogue and digital); - temperatures in weather report, and; - to understand quantities in a written text, such as 250 grams of flour.

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