Literacy and English
Becoming literate, for school-age students, includes learning how to read, write and communicate. To confidently master these mediums in the formal school environment ultimately leads to students who are well prepared to be confident.
Literacy for the Early Years
Literacy – Infants – Years K – 2
Mastering the skills in Literacy can be challenging for young readers. To fully understand the process required, we’ve outlined a road map of skills required:
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonological awareness
- Literacy as a Source of Enjoyment and Pleasure
- Vocabulary and Language.
- Knowledge of Print in different contexts
- Books and Other Texts.
Difficulties with Literacy development occur when a correct scope and sequence is not used so that gaps in understanding do not occur. If a child struggles, it’s a tutor’s role to assess areas of need and correct missed understanding to create confidence and enjoyment in the process rather than learned helplessness.
Literacy – Primary – Years 3-6
Primary Literacy begins to focus on a more integrated language approach where students are able to see clear links between all areas of Literacy i.e. reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar and verbal communication. They begin to discover reading for pleasure and writing with a clear purpose as they engage in a variety of Literacy tasks
Correct foundational understandings are essential in these earlier years. The need to return to the basics is often recognised and the tutor’s role is to revise previously learned concepts and to integrate them into their lessons.
English Tutoring for the Middle Years
English – Secondary – Years 7-10
While most students moving into Secondary education have mastered the basic conventions of Literacy some are still struggling to read analytically and to write while using correct grammar, spelling and lack the necessary skills to write creatively. Vocabulary development becomes more important at this stage as well as developing individual writing styles.
The demands of assignments become the cornerstone of success during these years. Being able to interpret a question in an assignment task and answer it correctly are areas that often need attention along with critical research skills in the subject of English.
THE JUMP FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY EXPECTATIONS CAN BE DAUNTING
Without the continuity of one key classroom teacher as in the primary grades, students often become overwhelmed by the demand of English tasks and develop habits that leave them feeling lost and unsupported.
A tutor steps in the gap and assists to set realistic goals, timetabling of tasks and provides techniques to bring English to a manageable level of understanding.
ONCE A STUDENT UNDERSTANDS THE EXPECTATIONS AND TECHNIQUES, THEY FLOURISH
Engish Tutoring for the Senior Years
English – Years 11 and 12
These are the years that lead to the Higher School Certificate. The level of English a student chooses to undertake is determined by their career goals and their personal proficiency and interest. Senior Years English ranges from English life skills to English Extension 1 and 2.
ITS TIME TO THRIVE CLAIM THE RIGHT TO BE AN ACCOMPLISHED LEARNER
Tutors work with Senior students to assist them with higher level thinking skills, essay writing and analysis as well as important exam preparation skills for the writing aspect of English during crucial examinations.. Our HSC English tutors have been highly successful achievers in different fields of study or work and are passionately drawn to bring out the best in each student they tutor.
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