Kia ora tatou
Welcome to the March 2010 newsletter.
It has been a busy month with the launch of the mailing lists in February. Subscribers to these communities now number:
- Literacy - 491
- Secondary English - 578
- Primary ESOL - 379
- Secondary ESOL - 346
- ICTs in English – 473
- Secondary Literacy - 467
It is encouraging to see so many of you engaged in these communities - airing your views, sharing ideas, requesting help and resources and establishing professional relationships. If you have not already subscribed, you can do so through a very simple process. Just select the mailing list you wish to belong to http://englishonline.tki.org.nz/English-Online/Interact and sign up.
We are also very pleased that we will soon be able to offer you the ability to extend this collaboration with your colleagues through the Teacher Resource Exchanges for Literacy/English, Secondary Literacy, NCEA English and ESOL. These will go live next week under the What I need to know and do section form the homepage.
While we are working on the re-organisation of content on the sites to make resources more visible and accessible from the homepages, we are aware that there are a number of broken links in some of the units and sequences. We make every endeavour to fix these, but in some instances they are no longer available, so if you are looking for something specific, please don’t hesitate to contact Maria Lute firstname.lastname@example.org and she will try to find a suitable alternative. Please be assured that addressing this issue in a systematic manner is a priority for us over the next few months.
Dr Phil Coogan ( email@example.com) - Project Director
Maria Lute ( firstname.lastname@example.org) - Project Manager
Cognition Education for the NZ Ministry of Education.
Kia ora koutou
This is my first monthly report as literacy community facilitator and would like to convey my appreciation as facilitator to all those who have joined the community and continue to contribute to the professional conversations within the community.
This month the literacy on line community re-established itself via email and grew dramatically in number as people joined and introduced themselves to other community members. From here the networking, questioning and exchanging of ideas began. There has been some robust discussion around resources that support effective literacy teaching, decoding and comprehension, supporting English Language Learners and conferences etc that contribute to our growth as professionals who have a high interest in literacy learning.
Literacy Learning Progressions
The final copy of the Literacy Learning Progressions has been distributed to schools over the last month and you will be becoming familiar with the changes from the draft document. The Literacy Learning Progressions complete the suite of handbooks to support all of us to ensure our students have the necessary literacy skills to learn in all curriculum areas.
National Standards modules
Literacy leaders and those with leadership responsibilities will have started to attend initial workshops to support the implementation of National Standards in schools. Further support offered to school leaders will have been outlined in these workshops. There are a series of modules that have been developed to support the National Standards and these are now on line. They are found on http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/National-Standards/Professional-development. These modules will be used to underpin further National Standards workshops or can be used by schools themselves to lead their own professional learning.
We now have archives available for each community linked from the landing page for each and also from the FAQs for each. These are searchable or users can choose to browse chronologically or by subject thread.
I would like to draw your attention to the Literacy Community Guidelines which are also linked from the landing page of each community.
Just a reminder that when you are responding to another message in the forum, the mailing list is set so that your response will automatically go back to the whole community, and not the original author. Please be aware of this when you compose your message.
I look forward to a continued strengthening of the literacy community by the participation of you all in the mailing lists available and making use of the material on this site.
Ka kite ano
The Literacy Learning Progressions: Meeting the Reading and Writing Demands of the Curriculum
The revised, final version of the progressions is now available. The progressions describe the literacy-related knowledge, skills and attitudes that students draw on in order to meet the reading and writing demands of the curriculum from years 1-10.
Feedback from the draft document was collated and analysed, and a report of the findings, published in 2009, can be found at http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/literacy/43632.
International Reading Association Conference
The 23rd World Congress on Reading is to be held in Auckland at the Sky City Convention Centre from July 12th-15th 2010. The theme of the conference is ‘Leading and Learning in Literacy’. Keynote speakers include Joy Cowley, Beverly Derewianka, David Pearson and Stuart McNaughton. The conference includes a comprehensive selection of workshops, sessions, round table discussions, symposia, poster sessions and author/illustrator lunches. See http://www.reading.org/General/Conferences/WorldCongress.aspx for details and registration.
Race Relations Day is on Sunday 21 March, and people all over New Zealand will be marking it with multicultural festivals and events, and other activities in schools, libraries, art galleries, workplaces, and religious communities.
The Literacy Learning Progressions will be arriving in schools shortly. These are the revised and final version of the Literacy Learning Progressions: Meeting the Reading and Writing Demands of the Curriculum.
The CLESOL Conference (Community Languages and ESOL) will be held in Dunedin from October 1st-4th, 2010. The keynote speakers are Rosemary Erlam, Pauline Gibbons, David Nunan and Merrill Swain. Further details can be accessed at http://www.clesol.org.nz/2010/home.html
A reading by Mike McCarthy discusses the very high frequency of formulaic chunks and why they should be incorporated into language learning programmes.
The Extensive Reading Foundation
The Extensive Reading Foundation has an extensive bibliography of research on extensive reading, links to extensive reading book awards and information on setting up extensive reading programmes.
Listen to telephone messages and cinema information and get tips on how to be a better listener. http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english
Listen to national and international news, read news articles and watch news video clips from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/
Read and listen to new articles on national and international issues read at a learner friendly pace. There is also a page of useful links.
ESL News New Zealand http://eslnews.org.nz/?p=1314
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