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.

Adolescent Literacy and Literature
Adolescent Literacy and Literature
Chapter objectives

  • To further unpack issues related to literacy, adolescence and adolescents.
  • To share a range of strategies to improve literacy learning in school contexts.
  • To develop knowledge about embedding quality literature in adolescent literacy planning and programmes.
Key questions

  • What issues do adolescents face in relation to literacy learning and outcomes?
  • How do schools plan for and deliver quality literacy programmes for adolescent learners?
  • What quality literature can be utilised in such programmes?
Key words:

Literacy learning and education, achievement gap, literacy outcomes, school contexts, quality literature, adolescents.


As we have highlighted earlier in this volume adolescent literacy has received much attention in the research literature over the past few decades (Alvermann, 2001; Goldman and Snow, 2015; Hinchman et al., 2003; Jackson and Davis, 2000; ...

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