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.

Collaboration and Peer Support
Collaboration and Peer Support
Chapter objectives

  • To understand the nature of learning collaboratively.
  • To develop the notion that learning takes place simultaneously at three cognitive levels.
  • To understand how motivation can drive individual and cooperative group achievement.
Key questions

  • Why is collaborative learning so important in contemporary education?
  • How does providing choice motivate students to learn and build self-regulation?
  • How does inquiry learning develop the skills needed for the citizen of the twenty-first century?
Key words:

Collaboration, collaborative learning, peer support, motivation, project-based learning, problem-based learning, inquiry learning, dialogic interaction.


When considering the teaching of reading, writing and literate practices in general it is important to embed collaborative learning strategies, including peer assistance, to teaching and learning. Collaboration is a concept that particularly lends itself to twenty-first-century learning because it ...

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