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 ID: 5927
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-0111
Keywords: English language & dialects; indigenous education; literacy; professional development; teaching ESL
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Reproduced with permission from Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2010 22:39
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%
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