How Literacy Can Be Defined As The Flexible And Sustainable Mastery

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Literacy can be defined as the flexible and sustainable mastery to make meaning with texts of traditional and new communication technologies through spoken language, print and multi-media (Rush, 2004). There are many different literacy theories but one that is widely used in Australia curriculum is called the four resources model introduced by Luke and Freeboy in 1990, which includes multi-literacies framework that supports children on their reading and writing development. According to Luke and Freeboy, children need four practices in order to be an effective reader and writer, which are code breaker, text participants, text user, and text analyst. To be a successful code breaker, children need to be able to recognize the fundamental features and architecture including alphabets, sounds, spelling, sight vocabulary, conventions and patterns of the print to comprehend text (Serafini, 2012). Five semiotic systems are constructed to assist children in gaining coding competence including linguistic, such as grammar, vocabulary and generic structure; visual, such as colour, vectors; audio, such as pitch, rhythm and volume; gestural, such as movement, speed and stillness in body language and facial expression and spatial involves direction, proximity and organisation of objects in space (Serafini, 2012). According to my working experiences at Canterbury Children’s Cottage, multimodal texts such as picture or interactive book are extremely efficient to develop children code…

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