In this assignment you will write a report on teaching beginning readers. You are required to produce an individual report based on academic research, professional readings and analysis of this information.
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You will demonstrate your understanding of the Australian curriculum content in the area of English by explaining the key processes in learning to read.
You will also demonstrate your understandings of assessing and planning for children’s learning in the area of reading, including strategies for supporting children learning Standard Australian English as an additional language or dialect.
You will write a report that includes the following, supported by reference to relevant readings: A definition of reading that includes the key understandings, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. This definition should be in your own words (not a dictionary definition) , referring to a range of references. (approximately 200words) An outline of how reading develops from birth and into the early years of school (Early Stage 1 and Stage 1), including the relationship between oral language and reading. Outline the general patterns or continuums of learning in the area of reading for children from birth to eight years of age and link to relevant theories of learning and development. (450 words)A discussion of ways in which the diversity of children, families, and communities’ influences children’s pathways of reading development, including the impact of differences in socio-economic circumstances, language, and culture. Identify 2-3 issues you need to be aware of for children learning Standard Australian English as an additional language or dialect (that is children who are bilingual or who speak Aboriginal English) and approx. 3-5 strategies (with examples) for working with families to support their understanding of children’s emerging literacy. (450 words)An outline of a range of assessment strategies, including different methods of observation and criteria you will look for when observing and analysing children’s reading development. This section needs to address attitudes, values, and dispositions as well as knowledge, understandings and skills. Include a discussion of resources you could draw upon to analyse your observations. You should include a range of informal, diagnostic, and formative approaches to assessing student learning as well as more formal and summative approaches. Links to theory would also be useful. (450 words)
An outline of the role of the educator in supporting children’s reading development. Use a table format to provide specific examples of resources and pedagogies you would use with children prior to school and in the early years of school. Include specific pedagogies for supporting children’s phonological and phonemic awareness, letter/sound relationships, concepts of print, and use of a range of resources and cues when decoding print. Include specific strategies for supporting children learning Standard Australian English as an additional language or dialect. (450 words)