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Frequently asked questions

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Is there an award for students who participate in the challenge?

All students who complete the Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier. These are sent out by the department in Term 4 ready for the celebration weeks in November.

Can students read any book they like during the challenge?

Yes. Students should select from a range of fiction and non-fiction books suited to their ability. You may like to consult the booklist developed by the Reading Centre and the Global schools through languages team (State Schools - Performance), or your local librarian may be able to help select books.

Teachers can consider student's cultural and language background/s when choosing books to read. For students who are English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) consider texts that are appropriate to their level of English as well as their age/interests. Students with special needs or those who do not speak or read Standard Australian English at home can engage with books using any or all of the methods listed below:

  • customised or personalised books using graphics (including digitised graphics)
  • braille books
  • large-print books
  • audio books
  • books that have graphic support (text-to-speech support)
  • electronic books such as a CD
  • graphic support for text.

How do I encourage my child to read?

Parents, guardians, teachers, aides, siblings, student buddies and classmates play an important role in encouraging students to develop a love of reading. Here are some ideas to help:

  • make time to read aloud to your child every day, even for a few minutes
  • show the importance of reading in your daily life and let your child see you read - not only books but recipes, newspapers and text messages for example
  • browse a bookstore together
  • ensure reading time is fun and exciting
  • visit the local library and let your child choose some books to borrow
  • for younger children, let them hold the book and turn the pages.

How can I support my child to experience/read a book in an additional language?

Parents, guardians and siblings, can encourage the child to:

  • participate in the challenge
  • choose a book
  • listen to them 'reading' a book
  • make time to listen to the audio of the eBooks together
  • ask for meanings in English
  • encourage the child to retell parts of the story.

As a teacher, what can I expect when young children experience/read a book in an additional language?

Younger children beginning to read in an additional language may:

  • engage in shared reading of familiar texts with repeated language
  • spend time looking at the book
  • focus on understanding and describing the meaning of texts rather than reading all of the words accurately
  • use their memory of familiar, predictable texts and emerging sound-symbol knowledge to match some spoken words with written words
  • read one or two high frequency words in a sentence correctly in simple, predictable texts
  • point to words using one-to-one correspondence when reading.

For children learning an additional language at school, their ability to read and comprehend texts will be dependent on the amount of time allocated to the program in the school timetable.

Younger children learning a scripted language (Chinese/Japanese) will more likely be beginning to read/recognise some high frequency words in simple, predictable texts and point to illustrations when they hear a text being read. For other languages, younger children will more likely be beginning to read one or more sentences correctly in a simple book.

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Last updated 16 January 2019