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ACSF Reading Level 1 Sample Activities


Personal(expressing identity)

  • Locates particular information of personal relevance from a familiar source, e.g. expiry date on a driving licence, name on shift roster
  • Reads a brief personal message, e.g. birthday greeting, SMS texts, emails, e-cards

Cooperative(interacting in groups)

  • Recognises own name and personal details, e.g. locates own name on a list of team or class members, on an OHS subcommittee
  • Locates and matches pieces of information, e.g. time and place of a union or class meeting on a notice
  • Identifies operating hours of local organisations, e.g. library, health centre

Procedural(performing tasks)

  • Locates and reads own name, address, phone number on familiar forms, e.g. driver’s licence, Medibank card, pay slip
  • Recognises familiar words, phrases, symbols, abbreviations, numerical and number codes in procedural texts such as job tickets, recipes, ATM instructions
  • Follows simple written or pictorial instructions, e.g. opening a program on a PC, simple road signs and warnings, emergency stop procedures for machines; warnings such as ‘prohibited area’, ‘wash hands before entering’

Technical (using tools and technology)

  • Recognises very short explicit pictorial texts, e.g. recognises safety symbols found on chemical containers
  • Locates relevant pictorial instructions accompanying a new piece of technology, e.g. to change battery in mobile phone, to turn on a computer

Systems(interacting in organisations)

  • Recognises time, dates and months, e.g. work roster, shifts, RDO, doctor's appointment or interview
  • Reads and follows simple, familiar work timetable or schedule of activities specific to own job
  • Recognises and knows value of Australian notes and coins, e.g. uses self-serve machines

Public(interacting with the wider community)

  • Reads titles and phrases of public importance in immediate local environment, e.g. street names, names of service providers or indigenous place names
  • Reads simple diagrams, e.g. hand-drawn map of local area to locate public facilities such as schools, hospitals, bus stops
  • Selects items of interest from advertising brochure
  • Locates key words in a public notice of immediate interest, e.g. road closure due to road works, opening hours of local swimming pool

To achieve this level complete the following:

  • locate information on personal documents and rosters
  • read brief messages

  • recognise own name on list
  • locate time and place of a meeting
  • identify hours of business of organisations
  • locate personal information on forms to check it's correct
  • recognise familiar texts
  • follow simple written or picture instructions, eg, safety signs

  • recognise safety symbols on containers
  • locate instructions in manuals accompanying technology

  • recognise time and date
  • read timetables
  • know value of Australian coins and notes, eg, use self serve machine

  • read street names, community signs, and place names 
  • read simple diagrams and maps
  • read and discuss items of interest in advertising
  • locate key words in public notices and signs