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90856: Show understanding of visual and/or oral text(s) through close viewing and/or listening, using supporting evidence

Updated October 2019. This document has been updated in its entirety to address new issues that have arisen from moderation.

Focus of the standard

This standard assesses a student’s understanding of visual and/or oral texts. Students show understanding of how the meaning of each aspect, such as the development of an idea, character or atmosphere, is created by the effects of visual and/or oral language features.

This is the same reading skill that is assessed in the external unfamiliar text standard 90851; however, the text type being closely read is visual and/or oral, rather than written.

Independent assessment

Although a visual or oral text can be viewed in class and teachers can choose the aspects to be studied, the aspects must be taught using different text/s or extracts from those used for assessment.

Close viewing/listening techniques

Students analyse how aspects, such as the development of a particular idea, character or atmosphere, are created by the effects of visual and/or oral language features. Visual and oral language features frequently used in close viewing/listening may include:

Ambient sound/silence

Dialogue

Narration/voice-over

Body language

Editing

Props

Camera work

Rhetorical devices

Colour

Composition

Imagery

Sound effects

Special effects

Lighting

Structure

Costume

Music

Production design

Use of templates

Templates support students’ initial viewing of the text/s. Teachers must provide students with the opportunity to show their understanding of how aspects work together, the purpose of the director/writer and the wider context (requirements for Merit and Excellence).

 
 
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