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FFL
The Foundation of a Family Literacy Intervention Programme

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 12 ECTS

Duration: 24 Sessions

Contact Hours: 60

Self Study Hours: 144

Assessment Hours: 96

 

Programme Description

This training course will allow educators to obtain an awareness and a deep understanding of how all students can acquire literacy skills. They will be able to understand the causes of literacy difficulties and adapt their teaching to suit the needs of students in their class. They will also gain
a working knowledge to support students, identify their literacy difficulties and plan a systematic, intervention programme to address their difficulties.

The course will be framed within a family literacy and parental empowerment model. Parents/caregivers are essential stakeholders in their child’s educational trajectory and are an integral part of Nwar service provision. The training course will help participants reflect on ways to work with parents/caregivers, with a focus on the involvement of parents/caregivers within Nwar sessions or other similar intervention programmes.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility
criteria:

  1. An MQF Level 6 qualification in Teaching or Inclusive Education.
  2. An MQF Level 5 qualification with a minimum of 60 ECTS in Education/Inclusive Education together with three (3) years of relevant work experience. Applicants applying under this criteria will be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of their work together
    with a written task.
  3. An MQF Level 5 qualification with a minimum of 30 ECTS in Education/Inclusive Education together with five (5) years of relevant work experience. Applicants applying under this criteria will be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of their work together with a written task.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives of this short programme are for participants to able to:

a) apply the knowledge learnt to support students in literacy which includes balanced literacy theory and practice, language use and function in a bilingual class, reading and spelling strategies, phonological awareness, phonic skills, reading development, paired, shared and guided reading,
using meaningful texts, fluency and comprehension, vocabulary building, and writing skills;

b) apply all acquired skills in their teaching within their classroom;

c) identify the underpinning causes of literacy difficulties through theoretical knowledge to inform on their teaching and classroom practices;

d) use and elicit the teaching skills and sub-skills both explicitly and implicitly and establish the place
of such skills in the curriculum and their plan of work;

e) empower parents/guardians with skills and strategies that will enhance their child’s teaching and learning process within a family literacy intervention programme such as the Nwar family literacy programme;

f) understand the different multicultural perspectives that educators face in class.

Course Outline

Mode of Delivery

For further details regarding delivery and assessment, kindly refer to the individual module descriptors below and on the IfE Portal.

Certification

Upon successful completion of this programme, course participants will be conferred an accredited certifcation.

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this programme, course participants may apply for the position of Nwar Tutor with the Malta National Literacy Agency. This certification may also be used to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may use this certification in their application for accelerated programme.

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