This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by education support workers to work with teachers to support students in pre-primary, primary and secondary to develop literacy skills, including oral language, reading and writing skills.  The unit provides skills and knowledge to enable education support workers to work with the teacher to develop resources to reinforce literacy skills across the curriculum and to support students during various phases in the acquisition of literacy competence.

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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: - used a range of strategies to support students with acquisition of literacy skills and knowledge; - adapted spoken language to meet the needs of students and learning programs; - applied knowledge of stages of development in language and literacy, and; - used specific strategies to scaffold student learning as directed by a teacher.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relationships between spoken language and literacy; - definition of 'texts' and range of texts that students need to interpret; - explicit talk to support student comprehension; - terminology of literacy as used by supervising teacher/s; - questioning techniques that scaffold learning and assist students to problem-solve; - language and literacy developmental continuum appropriate to the students being supported, and; - differences between the roles and responsibilities of teachers and education support workers.

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