Advancing literacy learning with books and films
Audio Visual Achievement in Literacy, Language and Learning, or AVAILLL for short, has been successfully used in schools in New Zealand since 2008 and is now being taught in Australia. AVAILLL aims to increase a student’s abilities in comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, spelling and attitudes toward reading and does so in a way that is novel and exciting.
Independent research has shown significant increases in literacy skills and student engagement when using AVAILLL compared to students who only watched subtitled movies for an equal amount of time.
It has also shown the need for literacy education to include multimedia to make the learning relevant and engaging as well as for teaching to be explicit and contextually based so that the learning becomes embedded.
Created by Dr Alice Killackey in 2008, it has since been further developed and enhanced by literacy expert Chuck Marriott.
The programme successfully reaches a wide range of students with various reading levels due to the powerful visual and audio support experienced by students as they read and watch movies during the program. Students then learn to use their own imagery and apply these skills to various types of text. The programme can be easily implemented by classroom teachers.
“The students have loved the programme and behaviour issues have become a thing of the past. For me it was new, very well prepared and a pleasure to operate.”Ashley, Teacher
“…the AVAILLL programme has helped me understand books a lot more. I have started reading a lot bigger and more challenging books than what I had been because I understand them more.”Student
“I think the money we spent on the programme was more than worth it because of the gains the children have made, but also adding a fresh element to teaching reading skills. It was fun to teach in a different way and the children were excited about what they were doing.”Rebekah, Teacher
“… AVAILLL has helped my ability to figure out words that I don’t know and it improved my comprehension and listening. The AVAILLL programme has helped me focus on reading in a fun way and while you are reading you are improving your punctuation too, because you read sentences with punctuation. I really liked the AVAILLL programme and I hope I can do it again.”Student
“AVAILLL made me want to put the subtitles on when I am watching a movie at home. It was good to know I could use my imagination when the movie was off and we just listened. I really used my imagination to think of pictures in my head.”Student
AVAILLL is an internationally recognised research-validated reading enhancement programme that uses popular films, based upon books, to successfully teach reading skills to students in Years 5-10.
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