This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by EAL learners to respond to a wide range of complex spoken interactions and interpret and discuss ideas and opinions with others in informal study contexts.

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: - a wide range of vocabulary and terminology specific to the identified topic or study area; - a wide range of common collocations; - a wide range of simple, compound and complex sentences with a range of subordinate clauses; - a wide range of verb tenses and verb forms, active and passive; - most modal forms; - reported speech, questions and instructions using a wide range of verb forms; - a wide range of phrasal verbs which include a number of particles; - a wide range of adjectives, adverbs, adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases; - a wide range of discourse markers; - a wide range of conversational/discourse linkers and conjunctions; - intelligible pronunciation; - tone, intonation and stress to influence meaning in spoken language; - a wide range of registers, styles and conventions used in spoken discourse in further study contexts; - some knowledge of aspects of the local culture; - an awareness of English varieties; - paralinguistic features including pitch, intonation and stress to; - recognition of a range of cues for inferred meaning, attitude, mood, and intentions, such as logical, contextual and paralinguistic (body language, facial expression), and; - distinguish fact and opinion, irony, understatement, exaggeration in oral texts.

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