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Developing Literacy in the Primary Classroom

Developing Literacy in the Primary Classroom

April 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Primary literacy involves many different learning processes, which can make it challenging to teach, particularly in diverse classroom environments.
Combining an examination of theory and research with practical case studies and real examples of teaching practice, this book shows trainee and early career teachers how to engage and motivate children to develop a range of primary English skills.
Chapters incorporate broader aspects of primary teaching such as active learning, self-regulation and assessment, and activities and discussion points explore how to apply important principles to your own teaching.
Drawing from international research and aware of policy developments in different countries, the book covers key topics on primary teacher education courses, including:
  • The foundations of reading, writing and oracy skills
  • Planning, assessment and classroom organisation
  • Using new technologies and social media as tools for learning
  • Engaging with the literacy needs of diverse learners.
This is essential reading for students on university-based and school-based courses preparing to teach in primary education, and early career teachers seeking to continue their professional learning.  
Dr Gary Woolley is senior lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

What is literacy in today’s world?
Language learning: The foundation for literacy
Listening, speaking, viewing, and acting
Writing, designing, filming and Web 2.0 tools
Children’s literature
Reading comprehension
Information texts, inquiry and ICT
Diverse learners and literacy
Planning, organisation and literacy engagement
Home and school literacy partnerships

A comprehensive book on the development of children's literacy, including the use of ICT, web tools and film. With helpful discussion points throughout the chapters, this would be of benefit for initial teacher education.

Mrs Sue Fraser
School of Education, Social Work &, Dundee University
August 14, 2014

A very useful book with applications not just in primary but for those new to English language learning in Secondary

Ms Ingrid Spencer
School of Education, Univ. of Leicester
July 17, 2014

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