This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to participate in simple conversations and discussions on everyday topics, and to engage in routine transactions related to personal consumption of goods and services.

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: - talk about familiar personal, community, social and topical matters, such as personal details, simple social events; - communicate about everyday goods and services; - simple sentence structures; - a range of common high frequency verb tenses and forms, including simple reported speech; - a range of modals and modal forms (positive and negative); - a range of common phrasal verbs; - a range of conjunctions; - a range of high frequency discourse markers and cohesive devices; - adjectives, adverbs and some adverbial phrases; - prepositions and prepositional phrases; - simple paralinguistic features, such as body language, to interpret and convey meaning and acknowledge understanding; - some awareness of how tone, stress and intonation modify meaning; - use of mostly intelligible pronunciation with adequate stress and intonation characterised by hesitation and circumlocution; - politeness conventions in conversation, and; - some awareness of register.

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