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.

What Is Literacy for Today’s Young People?

What Is Literacy for Today’s Young People?

What Is Literacy for Today’s Young People?

Chapter objectives

  • To understand what literacy is in the twenty-first century and beyond.
  • To understand adolescent learners.
  • To evaluate the complex nature of education and change.
  • To develop an understanding of appropriate instructional approaches for adolescents in literacy learning.

Key questions

  • How does adolescence affect learning in general?
  • How do adolescent learners construct meaning through literate practices?
  • How can educators support adolescents’ literacy learning?

Key words:

Literacy, twenty-first century, adolescent, education and change, adolescents and literacy learning.


Literacy is a dynamic phenomenon that impacts on people’s everyday lives. From waking up in the morning and communicating with families to how we commute to daily activities, we draw on literate practices to engage successfully in these day-to-day routines. In considering today’s young ...

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