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Advise on literacy demands
1.1 Access nationally recognised training products and analyse their literacy demands using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks 1.2 Analyse literacy demands essential to the workplace context and workplace performance using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks 1.3 Analyse literacy demands of the learning and assessment context using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks 1.4 Share information and provide advice on literacy demands
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Advise on literacy skill support needs of learners
2.1 Collect and analyse information about individual learner and candidate backgrounds to identify strengths and limitations relevant to literacy skill development 2.2 Plan and conduct literacy assessment using validated assessment tasks 2.3 Analyse literacy assessment results using current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks to determine literacy skill levels 2.4 Analyse and compare literacy demands and learner literacy skill levels to determine the literacy skill support needs 2.5 Share information and provide advice on literacy skill assessment, levels and support needs
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Advise on literacy skill development
3.1 Use current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks to review and tailor training strategies to support the development of literacy skills 3.2 Use current authorised Australian foundation skill frameworks to review and tailor assessment strategies to support assessment while maintaining the rigour of the assessment process 3.3 Research, access, review and modify learning resources to support the development of learners with literacy skill support needs 3.4 Research, access, review and modify assessment resources to support the assessment of candidates with literacy skill support needs while maintaining the rigour of the assessment process 3.5 Mentor and provide literacy skill advice to colleagues to support the development of their training and assessment practices
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Participate in professional development activities
4.1 Review own adult literacy professional practice and identify opportunities for improving practice 4.2 Access and interpret current adult literacy research and incorporate findings into own practice 4.3 Interact with professional adult literacy networks to share practice and maintain currency of practice
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TAELLN511 Lead the development of adult literacy skills
About Lesson

The Intertwined Strands: Literacy, Language, and Numeracy

 

Literacy, language, and numeracy are not isolated skills; they are deeply interconnected and essential for success in work, training, and community participation. Let’s explore these relationships:

 

  1. Interdependence in Work, Training, and Community:

  • Foundation for Learning: Strong literacy, language, and numeracy skills provide a solid foundation for learning new things in training programs, understanding work instructions, and participating actively in community activities.
  • Effective Communication: Literacy and language skills enable clear and concise communication, both written and oral, which is crucial for collaboration, problem-solving, and information sharing in work and community settings.
  • Interpreting and Applying Information: Literacy and numeracy skills are essential for reading and comprehending instructions, data analysis, financial literacy, and critical thinking in all aspects of work, training, and community life.

 

Example: Participating in a local community meeting requires reading agendas and minutes (literacy), understanding spoken discussions (language), and potentially interpreting data on community projects (numeracy).

 

  1. Literacy Skill Development and Language Skills:

  • Language as the Building Block: Literacy skills are built upon a foundation of strong language skills. Understanding vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure is essential for decoding written text and expressing oneself clearly.
  • Reading Enhances Language: Exposure to written language through reading expands vocabulary, improves comprehension of sentence structure, and enhances overall language proficiency.
  • Writing Strengthens Language: The act of writing reinforces language skills by requiring clear organisation of thoughts, proper use of language mechanics, and effective communication through text.

 

Example: Learning new vocabulary while reading work documents enhances spoken communication with colleagues.

 

  1. Difficulty of Literacy Tasks:

The difficulty of a literacy task depends on the interplay of both literacy and language demands:

  • Literacy Demands: These encompass the technical aspects of reading and writing, such as recognizing letters, decoding words, and understanding sentence structure.
  • Language Demands: These refer to the complexity of the language used, including vocabulary level, sentence structure, and the level of background knowledge required to comprehend the text.

 

Example: A technical manual with complex terminology and sentence structure might be challenging due to both high language demands and technical literacy requirements.

 

Balancing these Demands:

  • Matching Text Difficulty: Effective learning materials and tasks should be tailored to the learner’s language skills and literacy level.
  • Scaffolding Learning: Providing support and guidance, such as glossaries or simpler explanations, can help learners overcome challenges related to language complexity.

 

By understanding the interconnectedness of literacy, language, and numeracy, we can create learning environments that foster the development of all three skill sets. This equips individuals with the necessary tools for success in the workplace, training, and active participation in their communities.