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A teacher in a remote Indigenous community is responsible for teaching literacy across all levels of the school. In the video she works initially with students in the kindergarten using an oral language focus. With a middle primary group she selects an integrated literacy experience. The lesson involves students reflecting on similarities and differences between types of communities starting with their prior knowledge. The teacher ensures that students can express their knowledge in Gija, the local Aboriginal language and in Standard Australian English. She also describes the different uses she makes of diagnostic, formative and summative assessment, emphasising the use of student portfolios.

Purnululu Aboriginal Community Independent School was established in 1991 to provide an educational service for the traditional owners of Purnululu National Park and adjacent lands. The school has 12 to 20 students who are taught by two teachers. The school aims to achieve the highest possible educational outcomes for the children and provides targeted programs with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The teacher trained at the University of Tasmania and is in her second year of teaching. She has several roles in the school: she teaches early childhood and middle primary classes, teaches literacy to all students across the school, and is the Reading Recovery Teacher. Aboriginal Education Workers lend assistance in classrooms and advise on language and cultural programs and liaise with the broader community. 
  • What strategies do you use to find out about your students' physical, social and intellectual development?
  • What skills do teachers need to teach literacy and numeracy across and within learning areas?
  • What approaches can schools adopt to cater for intercultural learning and understanding?
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Offline package - Multilingual approaches to teaching and learning