Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit introduces four key areas of study which impact the development of literacy programs in minority language contexts. An overview of how literacy has been and is defined will include discussion of the key roles/practices of the reader/writer and how current literacy teaching practices relate to each set of roles or practices.

An overview of the systems needed to support literacy development in a minority language context includes discussions of the role of literacy within a language development program and of ideological and motivational constraints/influences on adult literacy programs in oral societies.

Consideration is given to the types of literature required in literacy programs and the different models for conducting writers’ workshops. Where possible students will participate in a writers’ workshop as a writer, then plan a writers’ workshop program which aims to produce quality literature for a minority community and to build confident fluent local writers.

Study and application of the key principles and processes of primer development and production for emerging literates in minority language contexts will conclude the unit.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include: lectures; tutorials; research; school visits; class discussions and debates; and presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, OHP, DVD, video and audio tape. Students also learn by personal study, preparation of assignments and assessment comments on their work.

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.