What is English?
Overview of English Course
This learning object provides an overview of the English curriculum and what is expected in each broad set of year levels.
The Big Six of Reading
Supporting a beginner reader (Early Years)
Sharing a story This video for adults shows the following: What to do after reading: encourage students to talk about the pictures, ideas and words, encourage students to ask questions, encourage students to make connections. Talking about letters (letters have only got one name, letters can be written in two ways, and finding fingers to show how letters are useful and personally interesting for reading and writing, play games with letters e.g. write letters in sand, in the air etc.(Prep U3D6L1)
Being the best reader I can be : This video for students shows the following: Getting ready to read – look at the cover and pictures, think about what I know and see, I think of other books that this story reminds me of. Read from left to right and from the top to the bottom of the page. Read one word for each word on the page, punctuation help me to read... (Prep U6D8S1)
Working out words This video (3:19) for students explains strategies for working out words at the word and sentence level; prediction; what will make sense: re-reading, sounds etc. (Year 1 U1 L7)
Decoding words This video (4:51) for students is about using text processing strategies (prediction, monitoring meaning and re-reading) and reading knowledge (contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic) to work out words. (Year 1 U3L1)
- Reading poems This video (5:39) for students discusses strategies (what makes sense, sounds and rhyming words) that help with reading, and models using strategies to work out what the word might be. (Year 1 U4L18)
QAR Explained: QAR stands for Question–Answer Relationship and is a reading and thinking tool that, used over time, aims to help students be efficient in the way they try to answer questions and be able to talk clearly about how they know what they know.
- Reading with fluency and phrasing This video (1:55) for students is about reading aloud/oral reading -phrasing and fluency.