Teacher guide Literacy is everyone's business: the South Australian Accelerated Literacy Program

TLF ID S7032

This teacher resource describes the successful Accelerated Literacy strategy implemented by the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services to improve the literacy of Aboriginal students, students in low socioeconomic areas, and those whose first language is not English. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons learned; Next steps; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for teachers and schools seeking to improve their students' results in literacy, in particular the attainment of the Literacy general capability and the years F-7 English achievement standards. In describing the South Australian Accelerated Literacy Program, the resource identifies elements of Accelerated Literacy that have a proven record of success, such as professional learning experiences for teachers and school leaders, strong coaching support for teachers, rigorous and consistent implementation, and the program's capacity to support a whole-school literacy approach.
  • The resource has clear links with the implementation of the Englishcurriculum for students at risk in literacy. Actions include: the use of age-appropriate texts with rich, literate language, not simplified language; working on one focus text for an extended period; sequential teaching strategies that begin with orienting the students to the text; the use of questioning as a teaching tool rather than a testing tool; and an overall pedagogy that makes explicit for students the core communication skills of talking, viewing, thinking, reading, writing and spelling.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7

Learning area
  • English

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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