This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to read and write short, simple digital and/or print messages and forms directly related to immediate personal and social needs.

Unit details

Study level:
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 range of simple content words relevant to immediate personal and social needs to read and write messages and forms; - a limited range of phrases and formulaic expressions used in simple messages and forms; - a limited range of simple adjectives and adverbs; - a limited range of simple adverbial phrases; - a limited range of high frequency tenses; - some simple phrasal verbs, such as get off, pick up, come over; - simple modals such as could, must, have to, for example I have to let you know; - simple contracted forms, such as I'll see you; - simple connectives, such as and, or, but, because in simple messages; - the alphabet in upper and lower case; - basic structural features in simple short messages; - follow sequential or conditional instructions to complete forms, such as Go to section B; - simple question forms; - reading skills to access simple bilingual dictionary and/or simple English picture dictionary to check unfamiliar words; - appropriate forms of address, such as use of first names, titles Mr, Mrs, Ms or familiar forms of address in formal/informal messages; - conventions to complete simple messages, such as openings, salutations, layout; - conventions in forms, such as dates, titles, simple abbreviations such as N/A, symbols and graphics; - use of models to guide writing in messages and forms; - writing conventions from left to right and top to bottom, and; - simple common polite expressions, such as How are you? Are you OK?

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