Project helps chil­dren read with mean­ing

Grocott's Mail - - ARTS NEWS - By OPHE­LIA MIL­TON

Stephen Tay­lor of the De­part­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion spoke on teacher sup­port in­ter­ven­tions dur­ing the Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence of the Eco­nom­ics So­ci­ety of South Africa (ESSA). The con­fer­ence was hosted at Rhodes Univer­sity from 30 Au­gust to 1 Sep­tem­ber 2017.

Tay­lor's find­ings showed that the Progress in In­ter­na­tional Read­ing Study, con­ducted in 2006, found that 80% of Grade 5 learn­ers in South Africa were un­able to read with com­pre­hen­sion. Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, the abil­ity to read with mean­ing is a ba­sic skill that all other skills, such as maths and sci­ence, are built on.

The cul­ti­va­tion of this skill in young learn­ers has there- fore be­come a “lead­ing pri­or­ity” for the De­part­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion.

The De­part­ment launched the Early Grade Read­ing Study (EGRS) in 2015. The project works in col­lab­o­ra­tion with aca­demics at the Univer­sity of Wit­wa­ter­srand, the Hu­man Sci­ence Re­search Coun­cil (HSRC) and Ge­orge­town Univer­sity in the United States.

EGRS is the big­gest largescale ed­u­ca­tion im­pact eval­u­a­tion in South Africa.

“The Early Grade Read­ing study is de­signed to find out what ways will most im­prove home lan­guage lit­er­acy out­comes,” said Tay­lor.

The project has fo­cused on the Grade 1 class. This year the two in­ter­ven­tions struc­tured around teach­ers have con­tin­ued into the Grade 3 level.

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