This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to participate in short, simple conversations which involve the exchange of personal information, and make and respond to simple requests and inquiries directly related to immediate personal and social needs.

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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 limited number of simple words, phrases and expressions related to immediate needs in familiar transactions and social situations; - simple, every day adjectives to make simple requests; - simple time and place words and phrases; - a limited range of simple high frequency connectives; - a limited range of simple discourse markers; - a limited range of common high frequency verb tense forms; - simple relationships expressed by subordination, such as in when and if clauses for example If I study English, I will get a job; - simple personal singular pronouns, such as I, you he/she; - simple possessive adjectives, such as my, your, his/hers; - simple questions and statements; - simple frequently used modifying words and phrases, such as nearly, very, almost; - some simple phrasal verbs, such as get off, pick up, pull up; - use simple paralinguistic features, such as body language; - intonation of questions, statements and commands, such as to convey feelings; - use pronunciation, stress and intonation which is generally intelligible with high frequency words in familiar, supportive contexts; - common polite expressions, such as please, thank you, excuse me, could you, and; - a limited range of common colloquialisms, such as no worries, see ya!

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