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Reading to Learn, Reading the World

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Reading to Learn, Reading the World celebrates stories from around the world, of teachers and learners applying the teaching methodology Reading to Learn, or R2L. R2L is a genre-based literacy pedagogy, that embeds literacy learning in curriculum teaching, and aims to support every student to achieve success, at all stages of education. The volume provides practical, inspiring illustrations of applications of the methodology, that will be useful for teachers, teacher educators, and education researchers. The methodology itself is described in the Equinox book, Learning to Write, Reading to Learn: Genre, Knowledge and Pedagogy in the Sydney School, by David Rose and J.R. Martin (2012).

The stories in this volume are astonishingly diverse. They range from the Parent Power project in Florida, USA, supporting Spanish speaking immigrant mothers to read English stories with their children to prepare them for school, to large scale teacher education, such as the TeL4ELE project of the European Union to train teacher educators in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and the UK. Smaller programs include a South African project to support teenage mothers to succeed with secondary school, a multilingual project in Indonesia to teach scientific literacy in primary schools, work with deaf students in Sweden to teach school literacy, teaching Chinese literacy to ethnic minority students in Hong Kong, mathematics teaching in Chile, and engaging students with disabilities in primary schooling in Brisbane, Australia. In Lisbon, resources are being developed for using the pedagogy in Portuguese. In Spain and Colombia it is being applied to support university students in Spanish. Larger scale teacher training projects are described from Gothenburg, Sweden, from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and from Melbourne, Australia, that illustrate how the knowledge about language and pedagogy in R2L can be provided to diverse groups of teachers.

Published: Nov 1, 2022

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Foreword J.R. Martin
Democratising Education with R2L David Rose
1. A Story of International Cooperation: Teacher Learning for European Literacy Education (TeL4ELE) Claire Acevedo
2. Working with Reading to Learn at Undergraduate Level in Spain: Action Research Projects and Service Learning Rachel Whittaker, Isabel García-Parejo, Aoife Ahern
3. . Learning to Use Reading to Learn in Portugal Carlos Gouveia, Marta Alexandre, Fausto Caels
4. Reading to Learn: Bridging the Gap between Sign Language and Written Texts for Deaf and Hearing-impaired Students Ann-Christin Lövstedt
5. R2L: Scaffolding a Long-term Professional Development Project in an Underprivileged Swedish Context Pernilla Andersson Varga, Susanne Staf, Annette Mitiche, Jaana Sandberg
The Americas
6. Reading to Learn for Bilingual Education with Latino Immigrants Andrés Ramírez , María Gabriela Gutiérrez
7. R2L and Cognate Approaches to Reading in the EFL Context: Engaging in Dialogue Samiah Hassan, Cristina Boccia
8. Reading to Learn in a Latin American Context: Challenges and Achievements Patricia Meehan, Angélica Gaido, María Belén Oliva, Liliana Anglada
9. Teaching the Maths Genres with Reading to Learn in Chile Ingrid Westhoff, Raimundo Olfos
10. ECO: The Place of Reading in a Program to Enhance Academic Literacy across the Curriculum in Tertiary Education in Colombia Nayibe Rosado, Teresa Benítez, Norma Barletta, Diana Chamorro, Sergio Álvarez Uribe
11. The Effectiveness of R2L in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language to Ethnic Minority Students in Hong Kong Mark Shum
12. The Application of R2L Methodology in EFL Classrooms: A Bilingual Approach Harni Kartika Ningsih
13. Opening the Doors of Learning – Challenges and Possibilities: Reading to Learn in South African Education Mike Hart
14. Democratising the Classroom for Epistemological Access: The Role of Reading to Learn Pedagogy in an Eastern Cape Secondary School Tawanda Wallace Mataka
15. Capturing the Joy - the Aga Khan Foundation’s Support for the National Education Priorities in East Africa through the Use of RtL Deb Avery
16. R2L in the Middle Years: A Whole System Teacher Education Program Sarah Jane Culican
17. Inclusion and Success for All Children: A Whole School R2L Program Jane Kelly, Ingrid Freeman