This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the conventions of plain English to writing and editing tasks of different forms. It also includes editing and proofreading techniques.  It applies to individuals in various writing contexts who write and edit texts using appropriate language, style, grammar, spelling, and standard conventions for editing and proofreading.

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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: - write and edit at least one written material (2500-4000 words) and edit another material written by another author (2500-4000 words), of different forms (e.g. blog, journal, book) that demonstrate use of: clear and concise language; clear and logical paragraph structures; appropriate voice, tone, tense and language; plain English grammar, spelling and punctuation; accepted grammar conventions for a range of written contexts including use of numbers, quotation and tables; standard editing conventions; - complete editing and proofreading tasks using handwritten and digital methods; - accurately follow a style guide where required, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for writing tasks. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - main features of clear, concise and plain English language for written material; - grammar, punctuation and spelling conventions that meet the task requirements; - editing conventions used in substantive editing and copy-editing of written material, and; - basic software used to write and collect feedback.

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