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Language and Literacy materials

The Department of Basic Education Literacy Workbooks
Authors: Department of Basic Education
Published: 2018

Since 2011 the Department of Education produced free Literacy workbooks in all the home languages for all primary education school grades R to 6.

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From 2011 the Department of Education produced free Literacy workbooks in all the home languages for all primary education school grades R to 6. The whole project was headed by Professor Veronica McKay.

Each workbook is made up of 128 easy-to-follow worksheets for listening, reading and writing practice. The workbooks are organised into four double-page spread worksheets per week, divided over eight weeks per term. All workbooks comply with the latest Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).

These workbooks can be downloaded from:

https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/Workbooks/tabid/574/Default.aspx
 

There are also some attempts at interactive computerised versions which can be downloaded from:

https://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/LearningandTeachingSupportMaterials(LTSM)/Workbooks/InteractiveWorkbooks.aspx

For Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems
   Home language (English Grades R, 1 [Book 2], 3 [Book 2], and 4) (Afrikaans Grade R)
   English FAL (Grade 2 [Book 2])

For Windows, Apple MacIntosh and Android operating systems

   Home language (Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa, Zulu)

For Adobe AIR on Windows and Apple MacIntosh operating systems

   English FAL Grades 1 to 3

Keywords: Literacy, Reading, Materials
New Readers Publishers - easy readers for adults
Authors: New Readers Publishers
Published: 2019

New Readers Publishers develops and supports adult literacy and basic English Second Language skills by producing easy to read books in all South African languages for the entertainment and education of adult new readers. Many of the books are also read and enjoyed by children. New Readers Publishers is a non-profit publishing project originally started in 1991 and housed by the Centre for Adult Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, until 2014. It is now an independent initiative which has made digital versions of all of the New Readers Publishers books available online. The use of these e-versions is free for non-commercial purposes via a Creative Commons Licence (Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivates 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) International licence). New Readers Publishers retains the copyright. The books can be downloaded, printed or read online in pdf format.

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The readers and other materials can be downloaded from:

http://www.newreaders.co.za

 

Keywords: Language, Literacy, Reading, Adult basic education
Zenex Fundamentals in Early Childhood Development – Communications
Authors: Moll, I. (Ed.)
Reference:

Moll, I. (Ed.). 2006. Fundamentals in ECD – Communications. Level One. Learner’s Manual. Johannesburg: South African Institute for Distance Education

Moll, I. (Ed.). 2006. Fundamentals in ECD – Communications. Trainer’s Manual. Johannesburg: South African Institute for Distance Education

Zenex Foundation materials designed by SAIDE and Woz’obona on Fundamentals for Communications at NQF Level One, in English. It uses a problem centred approach. The materials were originally designed for ECD practitioners studying at NQF Level 1 (meeting the requirements of five NQF level 1 unit standards to gain a qualification in Communications (Unit Standards 12462, 119641, 119631, 12469, and 119636) to gain a part qualification in Early Child Development at NQF Level 1). The course comprises learner and trainer materials.

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Zenex and SAIDE are of the strong view that these materials should only be trained by trainers who have an appropriate level of Communications themselves, and that these trainers should receive training in the use of the materials. 

Moll, I. (Ed.).  2006. Fundamentals in ECD – Communications. Level One. Learner’s Manual. Johannesburg: South African Institute for Distance Education

Made up of:

Introduction
Unit 1: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
Unit 2: Reading Literature
Unit 3: More Literary Texts
Unit 4: Writing in interesting ways – Parents participating in ECD
Unit 5: Planning, writing and presenting – Parents and children
Unit 6: Reading and writing for detail – Managing a centre
Unit 7: Using lists – Children’s Health
Unit 8: Writing and Reading for information – Record-keeping
Unit 9: Reading and writing long texts – Engaging with the ECD Sector


Moll, I. (Ed.).  2006. Fundamentals in ECD – Communications. Trainer’s Manual. Johannesburg: South African Institute for Distance Education

Made up of:

Introduction
Unit 1: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
Unit 2: Reading Literature
Unit 3: More Literary Texts
Unit 4: Writing in interesting ways – Parents participating in ECD
Unit 5: Planning, writing and presenting – Parents and children
Unit 6: Reading and writing for detail – Managing a centre

Keywords: Language, Literacy, Reading, Primary, Early childhood development (ECD)
Zenex The Expert Reading Teacher course materials
Authors: Pretorius, E.J. and Murray, S
Published: 2020
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Pretorius, E.J. and Murray, S. 2019. The expert reading teacher. Johannesburg: Zenex Foundation

A set of materials designed to teach Foundation Phase teachers how to teach reading. They are high quality materials developed by academics in collaboration with teachers. This collaboration resulted in materials that are highly structured, using a systematic approach to the teaching of reading. The materials address various aspects of the reading process, including language concepts and vocabulary building. They are written in English, but include a comprehensive list of literacy concepts explained in three languages, namely, English, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

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The set is made up of the following modules:

Introductory module
A: Reading: important things to know about it
B: Enabling conditions for literacy development
C: How to teach reading
D: Assessment
E: Learners with reading difficulties
F: Planning


Each module includes one or more instructional units, appendices, classroom activities and a glossary of special terminology.

Keywords: Literacy, Reading, Language
Language and literacy [PrimTEd Reading study guide 2]
Authors: Primary Teacher Education Project (PrimTEd) and Sesotho and IsiZulu Reading Project (SIRP)
Published: 2021
Reference:

PrimTEd project. 2021. Language and Literacy. PrimTEd Reading study guide 1. Pretoria: Department of Higher Education and Training

This is a very basic introduction to the linguistic (language study) terminology and concepts that underlie the teaching of reading and writing. It provides the essential linguistic concepts for teaching reading. Though suitable for all teachers of South African languages, many of the examples given in the study guide are particularly useful for those who will teach in Sesotho or IsiZulu. The study guide is an adaptation of Sesotho and isiZulu Reading Project (SIRP) material.

Keywords: language, literacy, Foundation Phase
Reading fluency [PrimTEd Reading study guide 4]
Authors: Primary Teacher Education Project (PrimTEd)
Published: 2021
Reference:

PrimTEd project. 2021. Reading fluency. PrimTEd Reading study guide 4. Pretoria: Department of Higher Education and Training

This is a short introduction to the development of reading fluency in initial reading teaching. It describes the components of reading fluency and methods for developing and assessing it. The use of fluency norms and benchmarks in the South African context is outlined as are ways of testing oral reading fluency (ORF) in the classroom.

Keywords: Literacy, Reading, Fluency, Foundation Phase
Vocabulary [PrimTEd Reading study guide 6]
Authors: Primary Teacher Education Project (PrimTEd)
Published: 2021
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PrimTEd project. 2021. Vocabulary. PrimTEd Reading study guide 6. Pretoria: Department of Higher Education and Training

This is a short and basic guide to the development of vocabulary knowledge and use in the primary school.

Keywords: Literacy, Reading, Vocabulary
Teaching writing [PrimTEd Reading study guide 7]
Authors: Primary Teacher Education Project (PrimTEd)
Published: 2021
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PrimTEd project. 2021. Teaching writing. PrimTEd Reading study guide 7. Pretoria: Department of Higher Education and Training

This is a short introduction to the development of writing in initial literacy teaching. It describes the components of teaching writing, including handwriting, spelling, genres and the making of multimodal texts.

Keywords: Literacy, Writing, Language, Primary, Primary
PrimTEd Reading study guides
Authors: Primary Teacher Education Project (PrimTEd)
Published: 2021
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PrimTEd project. 2021. PrimTEd Reading study guides. Pretoria: Department of Higher Education and Training

This is a set of draft study guides for students who are training to teach reading and writing in Primary Schools. They can be used as self-study material and all include study short self-tests for each unit in each study guide. The full set is still in development and five study guides are currently available.

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1.  Introduction to teaching reading

This is a short introductory overview of the teaching of reading. It introduces some of the terminology and key concepts associated with literacy and the teaching of reading. Outlines are provided of the key processes in learning to read and of the necessary components of effective reading instruction programmes. It includes short self-tests for each unit in the Guide.

As an introductory overview it does not provide specific instruction on the techniques used in teaching reading and writing, whether for home language or in a first additional language.


2.  Language and literacy

This is a short and very basic introduction to the linguistic (language study) terminology and concepts that underlie the teaching of reading and writing. It provides the essential linguistic concepts for teaching reading.

Though suitable for all teachers of South African languages, many of the examples given in the study guide are particularly useful for those who will teach in Sesotho or IsiZulu.
  
The study guide is an adaptation of Sesotho and isiZulu Reading Project (SIRP) material.


4.  Reading Fluency

This is an short introduction to the development of reading fluency in initial reading teaching. It describes the components of reading fluency and the methods for developing  and assessing it.

The use of fluency norms and benchmarks in the South African context is outlined as are ways of testing oral reading fluency (ORF) in the classroom.
   

6.  Vocabulary

This is a short and basic guide to the development of vocabulary knowledge and use in the primary school.


7.  Teaching Writing

This is a short introduction to the development of writing in initial literacy teaching. It describes the components of teaching writing, including handwriting, spelling, genres and the making of multimodal texts.

Keywords: Literacy, Language, Reading
Introduction to teaching reading [PrimTEd Reading study guide 1]
Authors: Primary Teacher Education Project (PrimTEd)
Published: 2021
Reference:

PrimTEd project. 2021. Introduction to teaching reading. PrimTEd Reading study guide 1. Pretoria: Department of Higher Education and Training

This is a short introductory overview of the teaching of reading. It introduces some of the terminology and key concepts associated with literacy and the teaching of reading. Outlines are provided of the key processes in learning to read and of the necessary components of effective reading instruction programmes. It includes short self-tests for each unit in the Guide. As an introductory overview it does not provide specific instruction on the techniques used in teaching reading and writing, whether for home language or in a first additional language.

Keywords: Reading, Literacy, Language, Foundation Phase
 
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