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  1. Chatswood Public School Jacob Skelly & Kylie Jackson

  2. School overview • Located in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs • Diverse student population • 85% non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB)

  3. Objectives • What the literature says • What literacy means for Chatswood PS • Literacy issues faced by our students (S3) • Strategies to address literacy issues • Where to from here? ICT literacy resources

  4. What the literature says… • Melbourne Declaration. Two goals for young Australians: • To promote equity and excellence and for students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens • AITSL: Standard 1.3: Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds • QTF: Intellectual quality, quality learning environment, significance • NSW Curriculum • Teachers should use the ESL scales in conjunction with the syllabus to address the needs of EAL students and to assist them to access English curriculum outcomes and content.

  5. What the literature says…contd. • Plan programs around student’s capabilities and individual difference to use English in innovative and creative ways (Dooley 2008) • The wealth of communication channels and increasing cultural and linguistic diversity call for a much broader view of literacy than portrayed by traditional language-based approaches. Multiliteracies will enable students to access new forms of language and engage critically with new discourses (Cope & Kalantzis 2000) • Teach English in the same context it is applied, explicit instruction of meaning, view English in a social/cultural context and use English in a multimodal way (Singh & Ballantyne 2012)

  6. What literacy means for Chatswood PS • What is literacy? • A synthesis of language, thinking and contextual practices through which meaning is shared. • Types of literacy • Information literacy: skills required to organize, search and analyse information. • Critical literacy: ability to engage in critical thinking, and judge the intention, content and possible effects of written material. • Cultural literacy: ability to understand cultural, social and ideological values in a given content

  7. Literacy issues for Stage 3 • Working with high number of NESB, problem if English is only form of instruction • Keeping ESL students engaged • Lack of parent involvement • Lack of culture in the classroom • Parents level of English language

  8. Literacy strategies • Specific strategies to address reading, writing, speaking and listening • Creating multilingual programs and using ICT to underpin a balanced literacy approach. • Commitment to Asian Literacy Program with all students learning Mandarin or Korean • Confucius classrooms • Bilingual newsletters and school communications • Community engagement and cultural school programs • Further strategies include Futures room, teachers blog, multilingual texts, ICT web-based resources and software applications etc.

  9. Asian literacy program • Chinese Mandarin and Korean programs (LBOTE program) • Speak Mandarin as well as read and write Chinese characters • Learn Chinese history and culture • Involvement in celebration of Chinese and Korean festivals

  10. Confucius classroom • Australian Govt. Asian languages strategy 12% of senior students to study Asian language by 2015 • Mandarin learning and exploration of Chinese Culture (Chinese art lessons, HSIE lessons, Chinese down under) • Resources provided by The Office of Chinese Language

  11. Bilingual newsletter and communication • Weekly bilingual newsletter • Annual report in English and Korean

  12. Community engagement and cultural programs • Moon festival (multicultural event – Traditional dress, dancing and food) • Twilight festival (music performance) • Dragon Boat Festival (integrated component of the Chinese Program) • Sister school relationship with Bajiazhuang Primary School in Beijing and Seoul National University Primary in Seoul.

  13. Where to from here?ICT literacy strategies for ESL • Futures room (stations with iPads, game design, robotics, programming, app design, prometheon boards) • iPad and Tablet apps • ICT web-based resources • Multilingual texts: Audio books

  14. Futures room

  15. iPad and Tablet Apps

  16. ICT Literacy web-based resources • The Literacy Shed • Readwritethink – • Instagrok - • Tagxedo - • PIC.LITS

  17. The Literacy Shed

  18. Teachers blogs • Connections with student and parents • Bilingual • Parent involvement

  19. Readwritethink

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  21. Instagrok • Spider diagram • Alternative Dictionary/Thesaurus

  22. Tagxedo

  23. PIC.LITS • Word bank •

  24. Multilingual texts: Audio books • Available online and in the library • Audio books in multiple languages

  25. References • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2012). My School. Retrieved 27th September 2013 from • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. (2012). Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Retrieved 27th September 2013 from • Board of Studies NSW. (2013). NSW Syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved 27th September 2013 from • Chatswood Public Schoool website - • Cope, B., & Kalantiz, M. (2000). Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Futures. London: Routledge. • Dooley, K. (2008). Multiliteracies and Pedagogies of New Learning for Students of English as an additional language. In Healy, A., Multiliteracies and Diversity in Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  26. References contd. • Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. (2008). Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. Retrieved 27th of September from • NSW Department of Education and Communities. (2012). Chatswood Public School Annual School Report. Retrieved 27th September 2013 from • NSW Department of Education and Training. (2003). Quality teaching in NSW public schools Discussion Paper. Retrieved 27th September 2013 from • Singh, M. & Ballantyne, C. (2012). Multiliteracies: Asian linguistic engagement and the Australian Curriculum. Practically Primary, 17 (3), 4-8.

  27. References contd. • Google images –