Today’s secondary classrooms are increasingly diverse places and skilled English teachers need to be able to develop flexible teaching strategies that can be adapted to best serve diverse learners with divergent needs. This textbook for pre-service teachers gives them pragmatic guidance on the major aspects of literacy teaching, and how to draw insight research and apply it in diverse classrooms. Key coverage includes: • The fundamental aspects of teaching reading and writing to adolescent learners. • How to intelligently select and use literature with secondary students. • Multi-literacies and the use of technology in English teaching. • Assessment strategies for the classroom. • Teaching techniques for developing reading comprehension. This is essential reading for anyone training to teach English in secondary classrooms, and for recently qualified teachers looking to sharpen their practice.

Diverse Learners and Literacy
Diverse Learners and Literacy
Chapter objectives

  • To understand the scope and nature of learning difficulties within contemporary high school classrooms.
  • To develop appropriate instructional approaches to accommodate and adjust to individual needs within the literacy learning classroom.
  • To develop a repertoire of strategies to foster literacy engagement and reading independence.
Key questions

  • What is a learning difficulty/disability?
  • How do you re-engage the disengaged students in literacy classrooms?
  • How can you adjust your teaching strategies and use classroom accommodations to engage adolescents with meaningful learning?
Key words:

Literacy, diversity, inclusion, language, adaptations, accommodations, learning difference.


This chapter considers learner diversity with the focus on adolescents who learn differently including gifted and talented learners. Biological, cognitive and behavioural factors combined with external causes impact on a student’s ability to learn and often ...

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