Our Director, Brian Dare, presented a series of workshops at the 2018 New Arrivals Program Professional Learning Conference on 1 June 2018 in Melbourne.
Topic: A language-based approach to building a New Arrival student’s capacity to comprehend the complex texts of the secondary curriculum
As students engage in learning across the curriculum in mainstream schooling, they are expected to comprehend and compose a range of complex texts. Texts can vary from the spoken texts of the teacher to the multimodal texts of their textbooks to the multiplicity of texts they have to produce in response to the tasks set.
One of the great challenges for teachers in new arrival settings is how to build their students’ capacity to comprehend the formidable range of texts they will encounter across the mainstream curriculum so they will be better prepared to take on this formidable challenge when they move into mainstream settings.
In this session, in focusing on the comprehending side of meaning-making, Brian will outline a language-based approach that will build our students’ capacity to ‘read’ texts that draw on both language and visuals. A number of language-based strategies aimed at building students’ repertoire of meaning-making resources will be introduced using various texts from across the curriculum. Crucially, these strategies will be considered within the framework of an explicit teaching and learning cycle.
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