Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) Caribbean Volunteer Publications: Strategies for Improving Language across the Curriculum

Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) Caribbean Volunteer Publications:
Strategies for Improving Language across the Curriculum

Many times, great resources exist for teachers to support them in their work. Many times, these resources are not easily accessible to them or teachers may not even be aware that these resources exist.

In my travels around the internet I happened to come across a series of educational publications for teachers in the Caribbean. These resources materials were developed by the British Agency, Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) and were developed in the Caribbean with the assistance of teachers and volunteers working in the Caribbean.

While these resources are dated, they may nevertheless be useful.

These resources are archived with ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) and are presented here for use by CXC CSEC teachers.

Strategies for Improving Language across the Curriculum: Ideas and Activities for Every Classroom. Series of Caribbean Volunteer Publications, No. 14. (1994)

This book contains 50 hands-on activities representing most subjects taught at the secondary school level in the Caribbean. It lists the order of activities by chapter and name of each activity in the general table of contents.

Chapter 1, Investigating and Organizing Ideas, presents six activities and discusses semantic mapping, mind maps, discussion webs, and the K-W-L (What I Know - What I Want to know - What I Learned) strategy.

Chapter 2, Study Skills, presents eight activities and discusses using a textbook, library skills, research skills, outlining, and preparing for examinations.

Chapter 3, Working with Texts, presents eight activities and discusses the DARTS (Directed Activities Related to Texts) approach which shows how textbooks can be adapted using a variety of techniques.

Chapter 4, The Skills of Writing, presents 10 activities and discusses natural behaviors for writers, writing ideas, understanding children's spelling, dictionary games, and cohesive writing devices.

Chapter 5, Ideas for Working with Less Academically Able Students, presents 18 activities and discusses reading difficulties; activities for listening, speaking, and drama across the curriculum; encouraging reading and writing in literature class; and science and mathematics activities. A 29-item list of written resources developed in compiling the book is attached.
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