This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to understand and convey simple spoken information, and to follow and give routine directions and instructions.

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: - vocabulary to exchange information about familiar personal, community, social and topical issues, such as environment, simple current events; - simple sentence structures, such as simple and compound sentences; - simple questions, such as to seek clarification in a conversation; - 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 conjunctions; - a range of high frequency discourse markers and cohesive devices; - adjectives, adverbs and some adverbial phrases; - prepositions and prepositional phrases; - paralinguistic features of conversations and transactions to support understanding and communication; - some awareness of how tone, stress and intonation modify meaning; - use mostly intelligible pronunciation with adequate stress and intonation which may be characterised by some hesitation and circumlocution; - politeness conventions in conversation; - some awareness of register, and; - everyday numbers in familiar instructions and directions.

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