Literacy Enhancement Programme
Information for parents and caregivers
Why we are watching films at school to advance your child’s learning?
Your school will soon be implementing a very novel, yet fun way to help improve your child’s literacy development in reading, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and spelling.
In the coming weeks, you child’s teacher will be using our AVAILLL literacy enhancement programme during their instructional reading time. This page outlines the benefits and should give you a clear understanding about this valuable programme and how it will benefit your child’s learning.
About the programme and how it benefits your child
AVAILLL replaces the regular classroom reading programme for a period of six to seven weeks. During that time, the whole class is involved in intensive lessons that develop skills in reading comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and spelling in novel and fun ways. The class will be watching a number of full-length feature films plus parts of a documentary. While they watch the films, the subtitle feature is turned on and the children are trained to read the subtitles while watching and listening to the film. As they watch the films they engage in a wide variety of literacy activities; some individual and some in teams.
A proven success in the classroom
Schools in New Zealand are advised to use evidence-based programmes to ensure that the best use is made of valuable class time. It is not an exaggeration to say that AVAILLL is the most researched literacy programme currently being used in New Zealand. Since 2008, AVAILLL has been continually researched by an independent team of researchers based at the University of Canterbury. To date they have conducted seven large-scale studies. These studies have been supervised by fellow academics and the results have been peer reviewed. Two of the studies have yet to be published and are what is termed ‘in press’. We hope at least one of them will be published in the near future.
The results of the studies consistently show that the class overall achieves accelerated gains in literacy comprehension and that these gains are sustained and built on over time.
About the films
In addition to reading what is on the website, you may also wish to know more about the films your children will be viewing. These films have been very carefully chosen and have to meet the following criteria in primary schools:
1) All AVAILLL feature films are based upon a book as it is the intention to lead the children to the literature behind the film.
2) The film classification needs to be correct for each age group and there is no gratuitous violence, sexual content or profanity.
3) The films need to be appealing to the age group and be obtainable in Australasia.
Click here to view the list of movies available.
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.
What you can do
Turn on the subtitles when watching a movie! When you are watching a video at home try turning on the subtitle feature. It is a little unusual to read and watch the movie at the same time but you soon get used to it.
It has been found that many children, after experiencing AVAILLL prefer to turn on the subtitles when watching a movie. They are then reading continuously for up to two hours (three if it is a film such as The Hobbit)!!!
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