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English

The Australian Curriculum (2012) states that, “The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers, and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.”
Source: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/english/rationale

In the Australian Curriculum, English includes: language, literature, literacy.

The Australian Curriculum: English aims

English: Foundation Year Level Description

Language

Many Kilparrin students have Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems that they use to communicate with others and participate in learning.  These include low and high technology systems, including Auslan, sign and gesture, picture communication symbols, body signs, tactile symbols, object symbols and speech generating devices (including iPads).

Formal AAC systems in use in the school include:

Literacy

The teaching of literacy at Kilparrin uses a balanced approach where students learn explicit strategies for reading, writing and working with words. The Four Blocks approach is used as the basis for all literacy instruction at Kilparrin.

At Kilparrin a range of reading and writing tools are used including the following:

  • printed texts
  • tactile books
  • book boxes with real objects as illustrations
  • Braille texts
  • Talking Books
  • use of adapted keyboards for writing
  • use of a Brailler
  • use of alternative pencils e.g. eye gaze, flipcharts
  • iPad applications for reading and writing
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Alternative access methods that Kilparrin students use include:

  • Partner assisted Auditory scanning
  • Switches with visual and auditory scanning
  • Direct access
  • Eye gaze
  • Adapted keyboards with high contrast keys and keyguards
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