Teacher guide Seeking different results: the Accelerated Literacy program

TLF ID S7034

This is a teacher resource describing the evidence-based Accelerated Literacy strategy successfully implemented by Mayfield East Public School. The strategy improved the literacy, especially reading skills and levels, of its students and the professional competencies of its teachers. The resource is organised in eight sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons learned; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts. It describes the school's journey of pedagogical change.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for schools seeking to improve their students' results in literacy and their attainment of both the Literacy general capability and the years F-6 English achievement standards in relation to reading. It is particularly valuable for schools who have had unsuccessful experiences with literacy intervention programs in the past and whose teachers are disillusioned with such programs. It shows how Accelerated Literacy empowered teachers as change agents, how teacher mindsets moved from what students can't do to what they can do, and how substantial improvements in both reading levels and skills were achieved, especially for boys.
  • The resource has clear links with the implementation of the English curriculum 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; and the use of questioning as a teaching tool rather than a testing tool. The Accelerated Literacy strategy is particularly relevant for English content descriptions focusing on reading comprehension in the Literacy strand for the primary years.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6

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
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
  • Video
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