This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to participate effectively in casual conversations and discussions on a range of topics, and to engage in straightforward transactions.

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 and expressions for a range of straightforward topics related to social, community, recreational, vocational or study purposes; - sentence structures, such as simple, compound and complex sentences; - a range of verb tenses and aspects which may include present perfect continuous, past perfect, present and past simple passive, conditional; - a range of modal forms, such as including negative form of need to and have to; - a range of phrasal verbs; - a variety of adjectives, adverbs and adverbial phrases; - a range of discourse markers appropriate to spoken information and instructional texts, conjunctions; - a range of modifying words and phrases to explain and qualify ideas; - question forms and strategies, such as use of paralinguistic features; - use of tone, stress and intonation to modify meaning; - generally intelligible pronunciation with effective use of stress and intonation although speaking may be characterised by hesitations and circumlocution; - register appropriate to the context; - a limited range of colloquial and idiomatic expressions; - detection and expression of opinions and attitudes in spoken texts, and; - recognition of some inferred meaning, such as logical, contextual, paralinguistic, such as use of voice for effect (intonation and emphasis), facial expressions.

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