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Visual literacys are no longer just printed text in books but have evolved into electronic texts such as E-Books which are books available to read online. With digital literacy's, it is presented in the form of videos, television advertisements, photographs/pictorials, media, etc… Whereas with critical literacy's, it gives us the chance to critically interpret the text in various perspectives, which allow us to understand the points made through the underlying text .
Through the new literacy's that have developed we are able to expand and broaden our range of language.
Two factors that affect a student's language and literacy development are their cultural background, as well as their environmental background at home and in the classroom.
When looking at a student's cultural background, especially if they are a novice to a specific language, they may have different perspectives and values of literacy and language. If the student lacks value for language and literacy, they are more likely to decrease their development in that area and may restrict their fluency and understanding of the language. Nevertheless, if the student incorporates a positive attitude towards learning the language, this allows the student to further develop the necessary skills associated with literacy and language, whilst further enhancing their understanding of the respective language.
It is crucial to have a positive home and classroom environment in order to positively impact the student's language and literacy development. When a child is in a comfortable positive element, they are more likely to understand and learn what is being taught.
The developments in literacy enable me as a student to view literacy in multiple ways and enhance my perception of language and literature. It also enables a flexible and easier access to different types of literature for example, through the use of visual literacy I can research using e-books, online journals and articles which assists me in my research process for specific assessments.
In my future teachings I can incorporate multiliteracies to assist my students to experiment and grasp a better understanding of various types of literature and language. Through the use of new literacy's, students can develop a new perception of language and texts using a range of language methods.
At the completion of year 6, students should be competent in all areas of the curriculum especially objectives A and B in stage 3 in order to be well prepared for stage 4's objectives.
It is essential for students to achieve the required outcomes in objective A - 'Writing and Representing' as well as 'Spelling' by the end of stage 3 as this will be closely linked to the competency of outcomes 1 and 3 in stage 4. Once students are capable of clearly demonstrating the content in objective A - stage 3, they will be able to respond to and compose texts for the required standards of stage 4.
Students should also have a high competency of 'reading and writing' (objective A - stage 3), as this is a crucial foundation of success in outcomes 2, 5 and 6 in stage 4. The student that is capable of skillfully demonstrating their reading and writing skills through Objective A's content, will be able to develop their ability to compose text, be critical, imaginative, and make connection with their text.
It is important for students to be able to effectively demonstrate objective B's outcomes upon completion of stage 3. 'Responding and composing', as well as 'grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary' are essential components for language and literacy. These are strongly linked to all aspects of stage 4's outcomes.
I believe these aspects are extremely important as they create the foundational skills for a student to succeed in their first year of high school and competently meet the requirements of the NSW English Syllabus.
These expectations allow me to grasp the importance of having a continued competency through all stages, especially stage three, as it is the stage prior to high school education. Although higher school education - in this case year 7 may have a different approach to the learning environment, it is still essential to possess highly competent skills of stage 3's outcomes in order to succeed through stage 4 and beyond.
These expectations provide me as a pre-serviced teacher to understand the importance of achieved competency in all stages, especially stage 3, for the same reason mentioned earlier. They have given me a clear perspective on language and literacy as they include fundamental skills required for all subjects of learning/teaching.