The English Developmental Continuum P-10 provides evidence based indicators of progress, linked to powerful teaching strategies, aligned to the progression points and the standards for the English Domain of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. These teaching strategies are designed to support purposeful teaching of individuals and small groups of students with similar learning needs. It is intended that teachers use the strategies in the context of their own classrooms, text or topic being taught.
The English Developmental Continuum P-10 will assist teachers to:
- deepen understandings of the English domain
- monitor individual student progress towards achievement of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards in English
- enhance teaching skills to enable purposeful teaching
- identify the range of student learning levels within their English classes
- develop a shared language to describe and discuss student progress.
The English Continuum in its first stage is not all encompassing and only focuses on written texts in books and articles. The Continuum has scope for the inclusion of a broader concept of 'text' and future developments in literacy learning.
The English Developmental Continuum P - 10 will be most effective when used to identify and plan for personalised student learning. It will support purposeful teaching for individuals and small groups of students with similar learning needs. The teaching strategies are designed to be used by teachers in their particular classroom. It is intended that the strategies be modified to suit the learning experience.
Within the continuum, it has been necessary to use some terms that refer to specific literacy concepts that often have direct implications for teaching but may not be known to all teachers. A glossary has been provided so that teachers can become familiar with these concepts and, if appropriate, build them into their teaching.
Indicators of progress
Indicators of progress are points on the learning continuum that highlight critical understandings required by students in order to progress towards the standards. Teachers can access the developmental progression of each indicator of progress for each dimension vertically, linked to progression points and standards. See Indicators of Progress printable documents.
Overview table of Indicators of Progress (PDF - 53Kb) - this table shows where the Indicators of Progress are established within each dimension of the Developmental Continuum.