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Title: Local Literacies: Theory and Practice
Written By: Glenys Waters
URL: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_product.asp?isbn=9781556710384
Description:

While many books have been written about basic literacy, few offer detailed information on how to plan and carry out a community literacy project. Fewer still give guidance in tackling the additional barriers of language, culture, and logistics in developing countries and in treating the local community as an active partner rather than a passive recipient in the literacy process. In Local Literacies: Theory and Practice, Glenys Waters includes these elements and presents a practical guide for developing a literacy program.

Beginning with a discussion of the theories of learning and reading, the author provides a detailed description of how to plan and organize a literacy program when the practitioner has little to go on but wit, knowledge, and determination. With approximately one half of the book given to the development of instructional methods and materials in reading, writing, and basic math, Local Literacies will be especially helpul to those doing literacy work in linguistically diverse settings in much of the developing world.

The reader will quickly discover that this is a book written by a person who has “been there and done that.” Waters has spent more than twenty years in Australia and Papua New Guinea, both as a practitioner and a consultant in programs of literacy for adults and children. This personal experience, plus a thorough knowledge of the professional literature, makes Local Literacies a “must” for the pioneering literacy worker.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Acknowledgements

1. How Learning Takes Place

2. The Learning Context

3. Planning a Literacy Programme

4. Reading

5. Reading Readiness

6. Principles of Primer Construction

7. Phonics, Syllable, Word, and Sentence Approaches

8. Whole Language Approaches

9. Integrated Approaches

10. Assessment of a Literacy Programme

11. Materials Production

12. Teaching Writing

13. Mathematics

14. What Is Literacy?

References
Index

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: SIL International Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems
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ISBN: 1556710380
ISBN-13: 9781556710384
Pages: 437
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