Academic journal article Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to the February edition of AJLL. The issue comprises a variety of articles that report on national and international literacy research. In the first article, Constituting 'at risk' language and literacy learners in teacher talk: exploring the discursive element of time, Jennifer Alford and Annette Woods using discourse analytic techniques, provide analysis of one teacher's talk about her English language learners as they embark on their journey of becoming literate in English. The analysis shows a 'generative discursive position' that challenges common views of English language learners as 'wanting' and potentially as 'at risk'. The second article, That's not a narrative; this is a narrative: NAPLAN and pedagogies of storytelling, David Caldwell and Peter White question the way in which the very notion of storytelling and narrative is conceptualised in the NAPLAN supporting documentation, and highlight its potential negative consequences. The third paper, Testing spelling: How does a dictation method measure up to a proofreading and editing format?, Tessa Daffern, Noella Mackenzie and Brian Hemmings discuss the implications for assessment and instruction in relation to spelling. The Components of Spelling Test (CoST) is offered as a measure of spelling performance for use in school or research. The fourth paper, Students' reading achievement during the transition from primary to secondary school, Belinda Hopwood, Ian Hay and Janet Dyment, report on a study that investigated the effect of the transition from primary to secondary school on students' reading achievement. …

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