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Embedded literacy in CV preparation


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:30 by NZTecAdmin

Many foundation level programmes include sessions to help learners write an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV). A CV writing session provides opportunity to build literacy skills and strategies that learners can transfer to other writing contexts.

Writing a CV provides opportunity to address

  • vocabulary
  • spelling
  • identifying purpose and audience.

An embedded teaching sequence

Some ideas for embedded literacy activities to include when teaching CV writing are presented here.

Establish definition and purpose of CV

To introduce the topic and encourage learners to start thinking about the purpose and audience for the document, consider using a concept map for a structured brainstorm activity. See Concept maps for assessing prior knowledge.

Vocabulary and spelling activities

Incorporate some interactive vocabulary and spelling activities in the session within the context of CV writing. Encourage your learners to use a dictionary or other reference to complete the activities.

Activity ideas:

Identify purpose and audience

The focus questions and roleplay suggestions below can be used to build learners' strategies for planning and composing a concise and purposeful document.

Key literacy outcomes

By participating in the activities outlined learners will be able to

  • use reference resources to find the meaning of unknown words
  • use the meaning of known words to derive the meaning of related words
  • elicit the meaning of prefixes, roots and suffixes by comparing them to their meaning in known words
  • develop questions they can use to focus their writing for an intended audience and purpose.

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