This unit describes skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to speak and listen to simple texts which are routine and relevant to employment.

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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 talk about familiar issues such as workplace events, weather, environment, simple current events; - simple sentence structures, such as simple and compound sentences; - forms of questioning, such as to seek clarification in conversations; - a range of common high frequency verb tenses and forms, including simple reported speech; - a range of modals and modal forms (positive and negative), such as, should, would, could, might, need to; - a range of common phrasal verbs, such as Can you finish this before you go home?; - a range of conjunctions, such as, when, but, if, although, so, When I left school, I got a job here; - a range of discourse markers and cohesive devices, such as, first, then, by the way, anyway, so, after that; - adjectives, adverbs and some adverbial phrases, such as, as soon as possible; - prepositions and prepositional phrases, such as, on the weekend, at the end of Ramadan; - paralinguistic features of conversations and transactions to support understanding and communication; - beginning awareness of how tone, stress and intonation modify meaning; - mostly intelligible pronunciation with adequate stress and intonation characterised by hesitation and circumlocution; - politeness conventions in conversation; - some awareness of register; - a range of common colloquialisms, and; - everyday numbers in familiar instructions and directions where applicable.

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