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Literacy

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Literacy

Pray and Persevere

Literacy

Literacy is a whole school priority at St Monica’s College. The Literacy Faculty supports the development of students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills across all subject areas. At Year 7, up to eight students per homeroom take part in a structured program, the Middle Years Literacy Intervention Program, instead of English. This program supports both reading and writing through intensive scaffolding of texts for students just below the benchmarks in these areas. The course follows the Standard English curriculum, but can also use key texts from other disciplines such as science and history.

In 2016, a Year 8 Middle Years Literacy Intervention pilot program will be initiated to give ongoing support to students just below the benchmark in either reading or writing. Specialist Literacy teachers regularly attend ASH (After School Homework program) to work with students with low literacy skills.

The literacy focus continues in later years where literacy support is integrated across the curriculum as part of the College’s whole school approach to literacy. Working with the literacy teachers, all faculties develop specific resources, such as models of good writing, to support the development of literacy competency, including an understanding of and the ability to use the academic language required for senior classes.

The Literacy Faculty has particular responsibility for EAL (English as an Additional Language) students, New Arrivals, Indigenous and Refugee background students. EAL students at Years 7 to 9 can elect to attend timetabled EAL classes instead of LOTE. In addition, support is offered on a 1:1 basis where appropriate. In Years 10-12, EAL students are timetabled into the same English classes where possible and receive small group and 1:1 support. Cultural activities to strengthen the links between school and community are an important part of our program.
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