This unit describes the skills and knowledge to engage with a range of familiar and less familiar paper and web based text types of limited complexity to participate in the community. Learners at this level work independently and continue to build and use their own familiar support resources.

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: - interpret basic structural conventions of texts such as sequencing of information in flowcharts, identification followed by description; - draw on a range of de-coding and meaning-making strategies to make sense of texts; - draw on prior knowledge to make sense of text; - distinguish fact from opinion, and; - technology skills to access and navigate screen based digital text. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - strategies used to interpret texts to identify their usefulness; - strategies used in texts to achieve purpose and convey information and opinion; - relationship between source of text and validity of information; - text types have different audiences and different purposes, and; - ways in which information can be accessed and represented in a number of ways including in digital mode.

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