Posts tagged literacy

My Spanish students write their own plays to improve their English vocab | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional

Role play and interactive technology helped primary teacher Jeremy Dean increase his foreign students’ English vocabulary at a language immersion school in Spain

WUHAN - A campaign is afoot in Chinese schools to improve children’s literacy, as educators have warned that young people are increasingly having problems writing and reading Chinese due to their extensive use of electronic devices, as well as a lack of attention paid to traditional culture.
[DUBAI] Dusty and deserted school libraries are having a long overdue injection of fun. The “least-visited facilities” in Abu Dhabi’s government schools are being converted into Learning Resource Centres, where children will go for classes, activities and research. Each centre will be stocked with more than 3,000 English and Arabic books, magazines and newspapers.
They will be made more spacious with comfortable furniture and will include a role-playing area, reading corners, multimedia access, TV and an online catalogue.
The makeover, to be complete in three years, is part of Abu Dhabi Education Council’s solution to children’s diminishing interest in reading. (via Boring school libraries? Not any more - The National)

[DUBAI] Dusty and deserted school libraries are having a long overdue injection of fun. The “least-visited facilities” in Abu Dhabi’s government schools are being converted into Learning Resource Centres, where children will go for classes, activities and research. Each centre will be stocked with more than 3,000 English and Arabic books, magazines and newspapers.

They will be made more spacious with comfortable furniture and will include a role-playing area, reading corners, multimedia access, TV and an online catalogue.

The makeover, to be complete in three years, is part of Abu Dhabi Education Council’s solution to children’s diminishing interest in reading. (via Boring school libraries? Not any more - The National)

An update on the use of e-readers in Africa
What does it take to introduce e-books and e-readers into communities in low income countries — and is this a good idea?
(via An update on the use of e-readers in Africa | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education)

An update on the use of e-readers in Africa

What does it take to introduce e-books and e-readers into communities in low income countries — and is this a good idea?

(via An update on the use of e-readers in Africa | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education)

[UK] Today, the Department for Education will unveil plans for a national reading competition for children in the last three years of primary education and the first year of secondary school.

The contest – launched in the autumn – will be designed to boost literacy standards and encourage a generation of “reluctant readers” to pick up books.

But ministers said that the move would be particularly appealing to boys who often thrive on a “bit of healthy competition”.

The announcement comes just days after Claire Tomalin, acclaimed biographer of Charles Dickens, warned that modern youngsters did not have the attention span necessary to read one of his novels.

A federal task force is calling for financial literacy to be taught as part of the regular school curriculum throughout Canada. The task force said Wednesday having such an important subject ignored in many schools is no longer acceptable.

The World Cup and a national hero as ways to promote literacy in Ghana

The Ghanaian Minister of Education, Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, “called on stakeholders in the Education Sector to be innovative and pay critical attention to the contents and features used in various study materials required to promote literacy.”

The Ministry recently developed three books for children about the Ghanaian hero, Michael Essien, an international soccer star.