Supporting Literacy Skills
Literacy involves teaching students to be able to read, write, and speak and listen effectively. Literacy is the responsibility of all teachers in the academy.
Why is literacy important?
Literacy skills equip students not only to achieve well in school, but also to play their part in a democratic society when they leave. It is vital that Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy prepares all its students to be confident and effective communicators in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Literacy in the home and community is equally important in ensuring sustainable literacy habits for all our young people. Young people need to be proud of their cultural heritage whilst being aware of when it is appropriate to speak in a formal situation such as in a school presentation or a job interview or a thank you speech at a celebration evening.
Supporting literacy at home
Ways to encourage teenagers to read:
- Set an example. Let teenagers see you reading for pleasure.
- Furnish your home with a variety of reading materials.
- Leave books, magazines, and newspapers around.
- Check to see what disappears for a clue to what interests your teenager.
- Give teenagers an opportunity to choose their own books.
- Build on your teen's interests. Look for books and articles that feature their favourite sports teams, music stars, hobbies, or television shows. Give a gift subscription to a special interest magazine.
- View pleasure reading as a value in itself. Almost anything your child reads— including the Sunday sports results or the Celebrity magazine—helps build reading skills.
- Make reading aloud a natural part of family life. Share an article you clipped from the paper, a poem, a letter, or a random page from an encyclopedia—without turning it into a lesson.
www.rif.org.uk The National Literacy Trust; words for life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p006v267/clips links to authors talking about their work
https://libcat.walsall.gov.uk/web/arena/faq how to get a free library card in Walsall
Free eBooks to download are also available:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english guide to the basics of grammar and punctuation
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/ recommends good books for teenagers and adults