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Every teacher is a teacher of literacy: Literacy across the curriculum

During the next five weeks, Matt Bromley will be focusing on practical strategies for delivering effective cross-curricular literacy education. He begins with a look at why every teacher must be a teacher of literacy

Literacy empowers. Y Kassam’s 1994 paper Who Benefits from Illiteracy? argues that: “To be literate is to gain a voice and to participate meaningfully and assertively in decisions that affect one’s life.”

“To be literate,” Kassam goes on, “is to gain self-confidence. To be literate is to become self-assertive. Literacy enables people to read their own world and to write their own history. Literacy provides access to written knowledge and knowledge is power. In a nutshell, literacy empowers.”

Accordingly, over the course of the next five articles I will share some proven strategies for planning and teaching cross-curricular oracy, reading, and writing.

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