This unit describes the language skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to participate effectively in an Australian workplace.

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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: - describe and discuss skills required in the workplace; - talk about familiar social matters, for example personal details, simple social events; - communicate about workplace; - simple sentence structures; - a range of common high frequency verb tenses and forms, including simple reported speech and imperative forms; - a range of modals and modal forms (positive and negative); - a range of common phrasal verbs, such as Can you switch on the air conditioning?; - a range of conjunctions; - a range of high frequency discourse markers and cohesive devices; - adjectives, adverbs and some adverbial phrases; - prepositions and prepositional phrases, such as at the end of the shift; - 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 mostly intelligible pronunciation with adequate stress and intonation characterised by hesitation and circumlocution; - politeness conventions in conversation; - some awareness of register in relating to others in the workplace, such as supervisors, and; - some idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms typically used in the workplace, such as Can you grab these boxes?

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