Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Dictogloss for EAL/D students


About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher guides the class to develop their English language proficiency through a Dictogloss activity that involves listening, talking together, writing and reading back. The teacher directly scaffolds students’ learning through explicit explanation of the task, reading of a model, facilitating oral reconstruction, providing requested vocabulary and sentence structure, and helping students negotiate meaning.  The activity provides progressive layers of support, building students’ confidence to express themselves.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
Other descriptors
Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.3
Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Design and implement teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Proficient
Descriptor
Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
  1. What can you do to give students confidence in their capacity to complete a written task, and to support them in that process?
  2. In what ways can group work generate focused talk and collaborative text production among EAL/D students?
  3. In what ways can you scaffold students’ spoken and written text production?
School
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
South Australia
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
English
Stage of schooling
Secondary
School type
Non Government
School location
Metropolitan
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The multilingual students in this Year 8 class have been assessed as needing targeted support to develop their English proficiency and are working with an English specialist as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D) teacher.  The teacher has designed a program that provides cultural and English language content with a focus on accessing the mainstream curriculum and mastering the socio-linguistic demands of its assessment tasks. Here the unit of work is on folktales from around the world.

Content provider
Organisation
Australian Council of TESOL Associations

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