Subject Specific Literacy

To be successful in mastering individual subjects – be they English, Mathematics, Science or any other – students need assistance to develop not only the vocabulary but the discourses that typify each subject and allow them to demonstrate their learning.

This requires teachers to provide opportunities for students to engage effectively with increasingly longer and more sophisticated texts - texts that are reflective of those they are likely to encounter in external assessments, and in tertiary studies.

Students also need to be able to engage in dialogue and group discussions that allow them to practice subject specific discourses and develop their confidence in communicating their knowledge.