The English Developmental Continuum F-10 provides evidence based indicators of progress, linked to powerful teaching strategies, aligned to the progression points and the achievement standards for the AusVELS English Domain.
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 F-10 will assist teachers to:
- deepen understandings of the English domain
- monitor individual student progress towards achievement of the 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 F-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.