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  • The Literacy Bug
9 episodes
Welcome to The Literacy Bug podcast, dedicated to all things literacy related. Originally, in its previous form, the podcast applied Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language to the domain of literacy. Since then, the podcast and its associated website (theliteracybug.com) have evolved into something a little less esoteric and a lot more practical; we explore everyday issues pertaining to literacy teaching and learning. We want developing readers & writers to engage in literacy in a wide array of forms and possibilities. We want readers & writers to develop the skills to inform (and be informed), entertain (and be entertained), persuade (and be persuaded) as well as to ponder, explore, and speculate.

Episodes

Resources for Planning and Monitoring for Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning
2017 Jun 0810m 15s
This podcast summarises a range of resources that can help teachers better plan and monitor for effective literacy teaching and learning. We encourage visitor to download the presentation slides and resources at http://bit.ly/2-Planning-Monitoring-Resources
Teaching According to the Stages of Literacy Development
2017 Apr 101h 4m 39s
This is a presentation that explores the changing nature of literacy across the various stages of literacy development. In so doing, we discuss how instruction must change as learners consolidate core skills and prepare for new skills and expectations. Teaching routines for the various stages of literacy development are also discussed. Please explore and enjoy! Presentation slides are available for download at https://www.theliteracybug.com/s/Teaching-Routines-Stages.pdf
How to plan and monitor effective teaching and learning - a video presentation
2017 Mar 1149m 59s
This is a presentation that provides advice on "How to plan and monitor effective teaching and learning". It emphasises the need for teachers to develop scaffolded activties that provide learners with the skills to succeed. Presentation slides are available for download at https://www.theliteracybug.com/s/Planning-Monitoring.pdf
An Overview of Literacy Development Now on YouTube
2017 Feb 141h 46s
The presentation explores the many components of literacy development, the stages of literacy development, and the dual-demands of "code-based" and "meaning-based" practices. To be exact, it sets out to meet the following objectives: (a) to explore the components of literacy development (e.g. oral language development, phonemic awareness, etc); (b) to explore the stages of literacy development (i.e. the gradual, cumulative nature of literacy development); (c) to understand the difference between code-based skills and meaning-based skills; (d) to understanding the four levels of processing texts / reading text; and (e) to appreciate that learners are active participants as the makers of meaning, the constructors of knowledge and members of communities.
Podcast #5: A Response to "Encoding, Decoding and Understanding (Print) Language"
2016 Aug 128m 39s
Welcome to another episode of The Literacy Bug Podcast! This week I respond to the recent blog entry called “Encoding, Decoding and Understanding (Print) Language”. In the mentioned blog entry, I casually glossed over the importance of oral language comprehension in the role of literacy development. In glossing over oral comprehension, I did not neglect or undermine its significance. In fact, I acknowledge the complexity and significance of language comprehension in propelling the need the encode and decode anything in the first place. In this podcast, I explore that which was left unexplored: the intricate relationship between print processing, language development and cognitive process. Please listen, explore and enjoy! We aim to bring many more episodes in the coming weeks. (theliteracybug.com)
Podcast #4: Targeted Teaching Relies on Quality Assessment Practices
2015 Oct 3112m 51s
Even though we are referring to this as the fourth episode of the podcast, it is the first one under the name The Literacy Bug. Originally, in its previous form, the podcast applied Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language to the domain of literacy. Since then, the podcast and its associated website (theliteracybug.com) have evolved into something a little less esoteric and a lot more practical; we explore everyday issues pertaining to literacy teaching and learning. Without further ado, we launch into the first official podcast under the name The Literacy Bug. The topic is assessment. I would like to demonstrate how proper assessment practices are essential for effective teaching and learning, because they contribute to targeted, equitable instruction. We hope this is the beginning of many more episodes to come. (theliteracybug.com)