Meeting teachers' needs: reaching literacy through grammar in indigenous schools
Shopen, Glenda, and Hickey, Ruth (2003) Meeting teachers' needs: reaching literacy through grammar in indigenous schools. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 31 . pp. 25-33.
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Many teachers and teaching assistants report that they lack an understanding of Standard Australian English grammar and that this hinders their work with Indigenous students who are learning English as a second language. This paper reports on the success of an accredited professional development strategy in Far North Queensland. This strategy is not based on out-of-context grammar lessons but promotes the idea that grammar is best learnt in communicative and collaborative classrooms which value fun and visual performance. The grammar activities are also embedded in current strategies for the teaching of literacy. This kind of professional development can reinvigorate teachers' practices in order to increase literacy outcomes in Indigenous schools.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
Reproduced with permission from Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.
|Keywords:||English language & dialects; indigenous education; literacy; professional development; teaching ESL|
|FoR Codes:||13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||15 Feb 2010 08:39|
|Last Modified:||12 Feb 2011 02:54|
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