How to be a critical reader
How to be a critical reader

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How to be a critical reader

1.9 Context

1.9.1 Author and type of text (1)

In the next activity you use your previous analysis of Text 3 to place the text in context according to its author and what type of text it is.

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Activity 9 Part 1

Task 1

Answer the questions below. Give reasons for your answers.

Question 1a

Who is the author?

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A university teacher.

Question 1b

Reasons:

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There are references to his teaching experience in higher education.

Question 2a

What is his purpose in writing?

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To criticise the students of today.

Question 2b

Reasons:

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All of his comments are negative.

Question 3a

What type of text is it?

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An article based on opinion.

Question 3b

Reasons:

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It is well organised and has a clear argument.

Question 4a

Where would you find this text?

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In a printed or online newspaper, or on an online education and training website.

Question 4b

Reasons:

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It is about education and is written by an academic, but it is an opinion piece so would not be published in an academic journal.

Question 5a

How reliable do you think the information in this text is?

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Not very reliable.

Question 5b

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It is opinion-based.

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