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Frequently asked questions

1. 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 will be sent out by the department in Term 4 ready for the celebration weeks in November.

A Certificate of Participation template will be available for download for students who participated but did not complete the challenge.

2. 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:

3. 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:

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

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

5.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:

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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