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By Robyn English The ultimate aim of all teaching of literature should be to instil in children a love of stories and reading. Sadly, many students will claim that this love has been destroyed by the insistence of teachers that they ‘study’ the book. This activity is a strategy that can be used to generate and […]

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By Robyn Ewing (University of Sydney) and Marguerite Maher (Notre Dame University) Controversies about the most effective ways to help children’s literacy learning have raged throughout our careers as literacy educators. This is partly because of misconceptions of what ‘literacy’ means. The Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2014) defines literacy as encompassing: […]

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By Sue Heyson Welcome to the Dolphins Class (Transition/Year 1) at Warruwi School in the Northern Territory. We are buzzing with excitement in our class because the students love to read. But firstly, here is a little bit about our school and community contexts. Our school is on a remote island located in Western Arnhem […]

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By Susan Hill Oral language and written language are different linguistic modes and both are important in their own right. This article briefly describes oral language from linguistic, social interactionist and cognitive development viewpoints as each view highlights different aspects of oral language. An example of a play based developed oral language program is provided […]

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Parents and carers can have a big impact on their children’s education. By providing learning opportunities and support at home you can help encourage learning from an early age, right through to high school. Here are some fantastic literacy tips and inspiring ways parents and carers can be more involved in children’s learning. 1. Make […]

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Reading has great benefits for children, but with the rise of educational games, apps and YouTube, fewer kids are reading in their spare time. Education writer Marianne Stenger suggests how you can encourage children to read more. A recent survey from the National Literacy Trust found that secondary school students, and boys in particular, are […]

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By Georgina Barton Reflecting back on my teacher training in English there was limited information presented on how to interpret modes other than language, such as image and sound. I do recall one course or subject on media literacy where we would discuss fervently a range of advertising materials – our lecturer always saying that ‘sex’ […]

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Splash has a whole bunch of English resources that explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Learn about language conventions while discovering various Australian Indigenous languages and cultures. Here are the ten most popular resources, as decided by teachers, parents and students! 1. Learn some of the Noongar language Watch this video and learn some […]

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In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, the NSW Writers’ Centre pays tribute to writers who have made an important contribution to our literary culture.

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