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.

School, Family and Community Partnerships

School, Family and Community Partnerships

Chapter objectives

  • To understand a socio-constructivist view of literacy education.
  • To explore the importance of school, family and community partnerships for adolescents.
  • To provide some ways to improve these partnerships in a variety of contexts.

Key questions

  • What does a socio-constructivist view of literacy education for adolescent learners look like?
  • Why are school, family and community partnerships important for adolescent learners?
  • How can schools improve these important partnerships?

Key words:

Socio-constructivist, socio-cultural literacy, community and collaboration, home and school literacies.


This chapter explores the important role that school, family and community partnerships play in improving literacy learning outcomes for adolescent students in secondary school settings. It firstly presents a prevailing view of literacy and literacy education as socio-cultural practices. The chapter also aims to ...

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