Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2
Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

1.2 Highlighting

Highlighting means picking out the most important information in a text and making it stand out from what is not so important. Highlighting information while you read is useful because it helps you to identify the key points of a text (also known as ‘the main points’). You can then return to it at a later date (such as when revising for an exam) and you won’t need to read the whole thing again. Although not possible with all texts, this technique can help with things like revision notes or information you bring into a job interview.

You only need to highlight key words or phrases. You can do this by underlining or using a highlighter pen. You might like to use two or more highlighting colours to help you remember different kinds of information.

Activity 2 Practice with highlighting

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

In the newspaper report below, highlight what you think are the three main points, not including the headline.

Active content not displayed. This content requires JavaScript to be enabled.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Discussion

The headline suggests that the article is mainly about benefit fraud. So one possible choice for the three main points would be:

  • ‘fined for fraudulently obtaining benefits’
  • ‘sentenced to 200 hours Community Service’
  • ‘failing to disclose income’.

Highlighting is a skill that improves quickly with practice. When highlighting key points, it can also be useful to make notes on them to help you to remember the points and use the information later, for example if you need to do a piece of writing using that information.

FSE_SSH_2

Take your learning further371

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses372.

If you are new to university level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. Find out Where to take your learning next?373 You could either choose to start with an Access courses374or an open box module, which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification.

Not ready for University study then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn375 and sign up to our newsletter376 to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371