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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

Tailoring Your Reading Approach: Strategies for Different Purposes

The way you approach a written task or text depends heavily on your purpose for reading. Here’s how different strategies like skimming, scanning, and critical analysis align with various reading goals.

 

Skimming for the Gist:

Purpose: Get a general overview of the main ideas and identify key points quickly.

Strategies:

  • Read introductions, conclusions, and headings.
  • Focus on the first sentence of each paragraph (topic sentence).
  • Pay attention to bold or italicised text.

Suitable for:

  • Getting a quick understanding of a long document.
  • Deciding if a text is relevant to your needs.
  • Pre-reading a text before a more detailed analysis.

 

Scanning for Specific Information:

Purpose: Locate specific details or answers to predetermined questions.

Strategies:

  • Use keywords or phrases to quickly search the text.
  • Look at tables, figures, and captions.
  • Utilise indexes or online search functions within the text.

Suitable for:

  • Finding facts, figures, or dates.
  • Answering specific questions from an assignment.
  • Locating relevant sections within a lengthy document.

 

Critical Analysis for Deep Understanding:

Purpose: Evaluate the information presented, identify the author’s arguments, and form your own conclusions.

Strategies:

  • Read actively, taking notes and highlighting key points.
  • Question the author’s assumptions and evidence.
  • Consider your own background knowledge and perspectives.
  • Look for bias or hidden agendas.

Suitable for:

  • Analysing research papers, articles, or essays.
  • Forming a well-reasoned opinion on a complex topic.
  • Completing academic assignments that require critical thinking.

 

Relationship to Reading Purpose:

  • Skimming and scanning are time-saving techniques used for initial exploration or specific information retrieval.
  • Critical analysis requires a more in-depth and thoughtful approach to reading, where you actively engage with the text.

 

 

Additional Tips:

  • Some texts might require a combination of strategies. You might skim first for a general idea, then scan for details, and finally move on to a more critical analysis.
  • Actively engaging with the text by taking notes, summarizing key points, or answering questions as you read can enhance understanding and retention regardless of the chosen strategy.
  • Utilise online tools like text-to-speech or digital highlighting features to support your reading approach.

 

By understanding the relationship between different reading strategies and your reading goals, you can become a more efficient and effective reader, allowing you to tackle any written task or text with confidence.