The Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy pilot study


The Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy (OLSEL) strategy was a pilot study supported by Australian Government funding. It was implemented in 2009–10 by the Catholic Education Council of Victoria in eight schools in low-socioeconomic status communities across Victoria.

Rather than targeting writing, reading or spelling, OLSEL developed the oral language competence of early years students to facilitate their early literacy development. Positive outcomes were achieved through targeted, focused training to enhance teachers' professional understanding of oral language, its relationship to early reading achievement and the language demands of teaching and learning.


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