Reading to Learn -method for LESLLA learners (Kullager)
Reading to Learn (R2L) is a literacy program designed to enable all learners at all levels of education to read and write successfully. The fundamental idea of R2L pedagogy is that learners need to be provided with explicit knowledge about the language of schooling. This is most efficiently acquired in teaching by adopting the concept of genre as the basis of literacy teaching. In R2L genre is defined according to Martin (2008) as a “staged goal-oriented social process”. In order to teach genres of schooling successfully learning has to be scaffolded. In R2L pedagogy scaffolding is implemented through the teaching-learning cycle which consists of three main phases of teaching and learning: preparing, joint construction and independent construction. In this parallel program the main elements of R2L teaching-learning cycle will be introduced with illustrative examples.
Katriina Rapatti is a Finnish as a mother tongue and Finnish as a second language teacher at Lehtikuusi school, which is a multilingual and multicultural school in Vantaa. Before returning to lower secondary school Rapatti was teaching in adult education in Espoo College for Social and Health Care. Rapatti is a co-author of Finnish textbook series, which is addressed both to Finnish as a mother tongue and Finnish as a second language students in grades 7–9. Rapatti has been engaged in in-service teacher training over ten years. The themes she is interested of are teaching Finnish as second language, genre pedagogy and Reading to Learn, assessment and implementation of the National Core Curriculum for Basic Education. Rapatti is working on her doctoral thesis at Helsinki University. Her doctoral thesis is concerned with genres of geography in upper secondary school.