Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Literacy teaching strategies

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher leads a meeting of year 2 teachers in planning explicit literacy teaching strategies to meet the needs of students from diverse language backgrounds. She models a lesson for teachers with a year 2 class demonstrating 'Making Connections' to develop students’ comprehension skills prior to reading and writing a text, by making connections to their world knowledge. The teacher demonstrates the importance of developing students’ oral language skills as a basis for literacy learning.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.3
Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues to develop effective teaching strategies that address the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
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Learning area
Year level
Year 2
Wiley Park Public School
New South Wales
Year level
Year 2
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Stage of schooling
School type
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The school is a co-educational primary school in the southwestern Sydney region. Ninety-six per cent of students come from homes where English is an additional language or dialect, including some from refugee backgrounds. The student group speaks thirty-nine languages and community language programs are offered in Arabic, Vietnamese and Samoan. The school has formed close links with the wider community, including TAFE, and runs programs such as TAFE classes for parents, a playgroup for refugee families and a homework centre. The school is a National Partnership School with a focus on Reading.

Content provider
Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

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