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A brief description of the National Accelerated Literacy Program

Cowey, Wendy (2005). A brief description of the National Accelerated Literacy Program. TESOL in Context,15(2):3-14.

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Title A brief description of the National Accelerated Literacy Program
Author Cowey, Wendy
Journal Name TESOL in Context
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1030-8385   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 3
End Page 14
Publisher Australian Council of TESOL Associations (A CT A)
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This article discusses the theoretical underpinnings and teaching sequences and strategies of the National Accelerated Literacy Program, which is being introduced into Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training schools and is already in place in some schools in other states. The Program is based on the understanding that learning to be a literate member of a society requires a student to learn the discourse or tacit ground-rules that apply to literacy lessons in schools. The implications for teaching that come out of this understanding include using texts that provide literate models for teaching how literate discourse works, and using supportive teaching or scaffolding around these literate texts.
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