In this unit students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts.
In Area of Study 1, students identify, discuss and analyse how the features of selected texts create meaning and how they influence interpretation. In identifying and analysing explicit and implied ideas and values in texts, students examine the ways in which readers are invited to respond to texts. They develop and justify their own detailed interpretations of texts.
In Area of Study 2, students analyse and compare the use of argument and language in texts that debate a topical issue. The texts must have appeared in the media. Students read and view media texts in a variety of forms, including print, non-print and multimodal, and develop their understanding of the way in which language and argument complement one another in positioning the reader.
In Area of Study 3, students develop and refine their listening skills. They listen to a range of spoken texts anduse active listening strategies to understand information, ideas and opinions presented in texts. Listening skills are developed in the context of Areas of Study 1 and 2 and specific speaking and listening activities.
This unit is delivered in Year 12.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes, including the setting of practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
On completion of this unit the student should be able to produce an analytical interpretation of a selected text, and a creative response to a different selected text.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that present a point of view on an issue currently debated in the media.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to comprehend a spoken text.
The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):