Learning Continuum of Literacy

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This element is about receptive language and involves students using skills and strategies to access and interpret spoken, written, visual and multimodal texts.

Students navigate, read and view texts using applied topic knowledge, vocabulary, word and visual knowledge. They listen and respond to spoken audio and multimodal texts, including listening for information, listening to carry out tasks and listening as part of participating in classroom activities and discussions. Students use a range of strategies to comprehend, interpret and analyse these texts, including retrieving and organising literal information, making and supporting inferences and evaluating information and points of view. In developing and acting with literacy, students:

  • navigate, read and view learning area texts
  • listen and respond to learning area texts
  • interpret and analyse learning area texts.

The element of Comprehending texts can apply to students at any point in their schooling. The beginning of the learning sequence for this element has been extended by four extra levels (Levels 1a to 1d) to describe in particular the early development of communication skills. The descriptions for Comprehending texts at these levels apply across the elements of Text knowledge, Grammar knowledge, Word knowledge and Visual knowledge.

Level 1d

Students:

Comprehend texts

use conventional behaviours and/or abstract symbols consistently in different contexts and with different people to:

  • work out the meaning of texts with familiar structures, such as illustrated books, printed words, Braille texts and pictographs , using knowledge of context and vocabulary
  • respond to questions, sequence events and identify information from texts with familiar structures
  • use information in texts to explore a topic

Level 1e

Typically by the end of Foundation Year, students:

Navigate read and view learning area texts

navigate, read and view simple texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive illustrations

Listen and respond to learning area texts

listen and respond to brief questions and one and two step instructions, listen for information in simple spoken texts and respond to audio texts, including audio-visual texts, and texts read aloud

Interpret and analyse learning area texts

interpret simple texts using comprehension strategies

Level 2

Typically by the end of Year 2, students:

Navigate read and view learning area texts

navigate, read and view texts with illustrations and simple graphics

Listen and respond to learning area texts

listen to two or more step instructions for undertaking learning tasks, listen for information about topics being learned in spoken and audio texts, including audio-visual texts, and respond to texts read aloud

Interpret and analyse learning area texts

interpret and use texts to explore topics, gather information and make some obvious inferences using comprehension strategies