Competencies covered

Competency: CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills.

Element: 1. Identify oral language, reading and writing skills

1.1 Explore link between oral language, reading and writing
1.2 Identify skills required for oral language, reading and writing
1.3 Recognise the use of oral language, reading and writing for different purposes
1.4 Identify oral language, reading and writing processes with support from the teacher

Element: 2. Work within guidelines of literacy program

2.1 Read and interpret current curriculum documents in relation to literacy
2.2 Identify current literacy programs
2.3 Use agreed recording systems for students’ abilities in literacy as directed by the teacher
2.4 Work within structure and guidelines of literacy program as directed by the teacher
2.5 Select and modify appropriate resources to support literacy programs as needed

Element: 3. Support student literacy

3.1 Use appropriate strategies to support literacy program under the guidance of the teacher
3.2 Encourage and support students to become independent, literate learners
3.3 Support the accurate use of literacy conventions and processes
3.4 Monitor literacy program
3.5 Provide feedback and evaluation of student progress to teacher
3.6 Identify correct storage and retrieval of confidential records

Unit Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required in providing assistance to students who need additional support with their reading, writing and oral language skills.

This unit applies to education support work in a variety of contexts and the work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher or other education professional.


Relationships between oral language, reading and writing.
Strategies to develop students’ oral language, reading and writing skills.
Role of the education support worker in providing oral language, reading and writing support to students.
Effective communication strategies for use with students and teachers.
Genres and writing styles.
Texts for different purposes.
Spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Organisation policies and procedures.
Current curriculum and literacy programs.
Implementing reading, writing and oral language support strategies.

Unit offerings

Face to face: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.