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PROMOTING LITERACY. ONE SCHOOL’S APPROACH. PROMOTING LITERACY. AIM: THE FOSTERING OF A READING CULTURE THE PROBLEM:ILLITERACY, DEPRIVATION, LACK OF INTEREST IN BOOKS AND READING, LACK OF ROLE MODELS,. Promoting Literacy. The cycle of frustration reads slowly

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promoting literacy

PROMOTING LITERACY

ONE SCHOOL’S APPROACH

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • AIM: THE FOSTERING OF A READING CULTURE
  • THE PROBLEM:ILLITERACY, DEPRIVATION, LACK OF INTEREST IN BOOKS AND READING, LACK OF ROLE MODELS,

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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Promoting Literacy
  • The cycle of frustration

reads slowly

reads less doesn’t enjoy reading

finds it difficult to read

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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Promoting Literacy
  • ACTION:
  • To promote a reading culture by providing accessible and ability- appropriate reading materials
  • Making the library a pupil-friendly environment
  • Provide one–to-one teacher- pupil interaction to improve reading

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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Promoting Literacy
  • Cycle of growth

enjoys reading

reads quickly reads fluently

reads more

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • BACKGROUND
  • SURVEY [2003]
  • INCLUDED QUESTIONS LIKE ;
  • DO YOU BORROW BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY?
  • HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ AN ENGLISH BOOK?

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • SURVEY RESULTS 2003
  • SHOWS % OF PUPILS WHO READ REGULARLY
  • SAMPLE 2003: 624 STUDENTS FROM F1 TO F 5

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • ISSUES ARISING FROM SURVEY
  • READING WAS DIFFICULT
  • VERY FEW READING RESOURCES AVAILABLE
  • BORROWING WAS NOT AN OPTION FOR FEAR OF LOSING THE BOOK AND BEING FINED

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • RELATED PROBLEMS
  • READING ALOUD FOR ORAL EXAMINATIONS
  • LACK OF CREATIVITY IN WRITING
  • LIMITED VOCABULARY IN SPEAKING AND WRITING
  • PARENTAL DISINTEREST IN READING AS A WORTHWHILE ACTIVITY

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • SO WHAT DID WE DO?
  • IMPLEMENTED A READING PROGRAMME FOR FORMS 1 -3
  • TRIED TO ENLIST PARENTAL SUPPORT
  • CREATED READING DISPLAYS
  • ENCOURAGED CROSS CURRICULAR SUPPORT
  • FOSTERED A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LIBRARIANS

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • RESOURCES
  • INITIALLY LACKED SUFFICIENT RESOURCES
  • HAD BOOK BASKETS FOR CLASSES TO SHARE
  • ACTIVELY SOUGHT DONORS FOR BOOKS IN THE COMMUNITY
  • NOW: SHELF OF BOOKS/MAGAZINES/COMICS PER CLASS
  • APPROXIMATELY 5000 BOOKS – MOSTLY DONATED BY ENGLISH STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • PROBLEMS
  • DAMAGE TO / DEFACING BOOKS
  • LOSS OF BOOKS
  • SPLIT SHIFTS
  • STALE STOCK

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • SOLUTIONS
  • CARE OF BOOKS – YEARLY STOCK TAKE AND REPAIR CLINIC
  • TRUST SYSTEM – STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BOOKS
  • UGAMA CLASSES WERE ENCOURAGED TO BORROW AND MAINTAIN THE CLASSROOM LIBRARIES
  • SWAP BOOKS BETWEEN CLASSES ONCE A TERM

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • READING DURING REGISTRATION
  • SYSTEM OF BOOK LOGS SUPERVISED BY FORM TEACHER
  • 15 MINUTES EVERY MORNING TO BE RECORDED IN READING LOG
  • ENGLISH LESSONS STARTING PERIOD 1 AND 5 [AFTER BREAK] BEGIN WITH EXTENDED READING

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • LIBRARY SESSIONS
  • F1 -3 DEDICATED LIBRARY PERIOD ONCE A WEEK
  • TEAM TEACHERS
  • EVERY STUDENT READS SILENTLY
  • STUDENTS READ ALOUD TO THE TEACHER THUS EVERY STUDENT IS HEARD READING
  • BOOK DISPLAYS IN THE LIBRARY
  • BOOK BOXES TO FACILITATE EASE OF CHOICE
  • HIGH INTEREST AND LOW ABILITY RANGE OF BOOKS

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • READING AT HOME
  • PARENTAL SUPPORT BY DEDICATING HOMEWORK TO READING
  • 30 MIN PER DAY FOR F 1
  • 45 MIN PER DAY FOR F 2/3
  • RECORDED AND CHECKED BY ENGLISH TEACHER
  • FORM 4/5 ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ FOR 45 MINUTES A DAY

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • CELEBRATING ENGLISH AND READING
  • DEDICATED WEEK [ IN 2007 A MONTH] TO READING AND LITERACY
  • COMPETITIONS RUN FOR READING CHAMPIONS/ BEST DISPLAYS
  • SCHEME OF WORK DESIGNED TO ENABLE TEACHERS TO DO LITERATURE BASED WORK IN THIS TIME
  • HIGHLIGHT – ENGLISH ASSEMBLY WHERE STUDENTS PRESENT READINGS, POEMS AND DRAMA
  • MEDIA – FILMS AND RADIO- USED TO PROMOTE AN INTEREST IN BOOKS

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • DID IT WORK?
  • STUDENTS SURVEYED IN 2007

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • OTHER FINDINGS
  • Only 9% of the students came from homes where the parents read regularly
  • 32% of all students said that they had no quiet place in which to read at home
  • 34% had no English/Malay books in the home

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • SUCCESSES
  • 87% now enjoy reading
  • 74% enjoyed reading both in English and Malay
  • Library usage has increased
  • Students now read on a regular basis

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • The way forward
  • ABILITY GROUPS
  • SRA- INTENSIVE READING PROGRAM
  • OPTIONAL EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS [AUSTRLIAN ENGLISH EXAM]

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY

ABILITY GROUPS

The school is on of the few to stream pupils

according to ability. Initially PMB/PSR results directed the settings. We envisage using reading ages in future.

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • SRA
  • Initially used with selected groups in form 1 and 3 students
  • Student’s reading ages will be tested at the beginning of the next academic year

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007

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PROMOTING LITERACY
  • AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH EXAMINATION
  • For advanced students to extend reading and comprehension skills

Kay Wilson/ Yasmin Bhamjee BELTA/CfBT AUGUST 2007