Establishing the foundations of Literacy and Numeracy in Grades R to Grades 3. In the Primary School.
ELET has, for the past three years been the principal Service Provider for the Zenex Foundation in developing the professional expertise of teachers, in Literacy, with a special emphasis on Listening, Speaking and Reading in the early years of learning.
It has adopted proactive approach in a number of rural schools in the Ilembe District, working closely with the DBE, through the District officials, with Principals, HODs and importantly, the Foundation Phase teachers themselves. The main aim has been, as this particular Project with ZENEX comes to a close, has been to develop proficient and highly effective teachers of Reading, and so raise the Literacy levels of young learners in both Isizulu and in English as their first additional language.
Such has been the Programme’s success, that as a team of Literacy experts and Teacher Trainers, ELET would now like to extend and develop this initiative and so reach out to more schools. Hence the need for donor funding to do just this.
Its underlying rationale is that well developed skills and a higher level of competence in the Home language will assist greatly in the acquisition and the competency levels in learning additional languages.
Initially, a two year programme ( possibly to be extended, subject to funding) to support Isizulu and English in some designated Kwa Zulu Natal Primary Schools (Grade R- 3). During this first year, a needs analysis would also be conducted to determine the support needed to lay firmer foundations in the teaching and learning of basic Numeracy so that in the second year, a parallel Numeracy Programme could be initiated.
Crucially, the proposed ELET Programme would ensure that the approach and guidance given to the schools is CAPS aligned.
The essence of the programme will assist in the implementation of CAPS in Home Language and in First Additional Language. It will focus on:
• Classroom Management
• The Assessment of Learners
• The principles of how children learn a second language.
The intervention and support that ELET will offer, including specialists in literacy, coaching and mentoring will enable teachers to:
• Implement effective classroom management to create an enriched Reading environment
• To carry out informed methods of learner assessment and measurement of progress as well as devising remediation approaches for struggling learners and capacity building for the most able.
• To gain knowledge and understanding of how children learn a second language.
This ongoing professional training and support will mainly focus on:
• Listening and speaking
• Comprehension- especially oral
• Developing critical thinking skills in young children.
The programme will assist with the audit of basic teaching and learning resources such as reading books, charts and flashcards and seek ways of augmenting these, where lacking.
Essentially this is a model of continuing In Service training and development of Educators in the Foundation Phase and is embedded in the principles of capacity building and sustainability.
The Programme will be structured through a series of modules which will include specific teacher training days, classroom observation and support, HOD Management training and a written portfolio of evidence of learning and development submitted by the FP Team, led by the HOD.
It is planned to submit the proposal for SACE ccreditation.