Why use Wordworks’ programmes?

At Wordworks we believe strongly that the crisis in children’s literacy in South Africa requires all those who work with babies and young children to consider how they can make a difference. Our programmes have been developed to support Foundation Phase and Grade R teachers, ECD practitioners, home visitors and parents to build strong language and literacy foundations for the children in their care.

We also partner with schools and districts, ECD centres and forums, NGOs and networks to work collaboratively to extend the reach and impact of this work. The intention of our work with partners is not that they become Wordworks’ branches or franchisees, but that they are supported in building our early language and literacy programmes into their broader work.

Please note that our training is currently mostly available in the Western and Eastern Cape, and to a lesser extent in KZN.  As we would need to translate materials, in order to consider training in other provinces, we would need to know there were a substantial number of people/ schools/ organisations interested in this work.  We encourage you to engage your professional networks about this possibility and to get back to us.

 

 

 

WORDWORKS PROGRAMMES: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM 

 

 

Training update for 2019/2020

 

Ready Steady Read Write Programme

Co-ordinator training is fully subscribed for 2019 in the Cape Metro. If you are interested in training in 2020, your school or organisation’s management will need to attend a Wordworks information session which will be held in October this year.

To go on a waiting list to attend this session, please send your details to info@wordworks.org.za. You may, in the meanwhile, find our resources useful. See the Wordworks Resources catalogue and order form here.

If you are not based in the Cape Metro, tell us more about yourselves and we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

 

Home-School Partnerships Programme 

Facilitator training is fully subscribed for 2019 in the Cape Metro. If you are interested in training in 2020, your school or organisation’s management will need to attend a Wordworks information session which will be held in October this year.

To go on a waiting list to attend this session, please send your details to info@wordworks.org.za. If you are not based in the Cape Metro, we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

If you teach Grade R, you may, in the meanwhile, find it useful to attend the workshop on our Stellar Teacher’s Guide for parent meetings. See also the Wordworks Resources catalogue and order form here.

If you are not based in the Cape Metro, tell us more about yourselves and we will try, where possible, to link you up with partners in your area.

 

Every Word Counts Programme

We will be training new partners soon. Watch this space for updates! 

You may find the Wordworks App to be a useful resource in this area.  Find out more about our free app here. See also the Wordworks Resources catalogue and order form here.

Stellar Programme

MATERIALS UPDATES

If you are using the Stellar story-based materials, you may be interested to know that the Teacher Guides have been updated since they were first distributed in the Western Cape 2016 ELIT training, and now include a wider range of activities for each day to ensure full CAPS coverage. Find more about these materials here: catalogue and order form.

If you are in Cape Town, you could attend a workshop on the updated Teacher’s Guides. Dates, times and venue can be found here.

 FIRST TIME TRAINING

If you are a Grade R teacher in the Western Cape and have not yet received WCED Emergent Literacy Training (ELIT) with the Stellar story-based materials, please get in touch with your HOD and Curriculum Advisor to find out what plans your school and District has for training in the months ahead.

Please also note that the following organisations have trainers that have been accredited by Wordworks to offer Grade R Stellar training: 
• In the Western Cape: Schools Development Unit (SDU), Primary Science Programme (PSP), Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU).  
• In the Eastern Cape: ITEC, Early InspirationLebone Centre, Knysna Education Trust, Khululeka.
Please approach these partners directly to see if an arrangement can be made for training. Click on the organisations’ name above or email them directly. 

Lebone: c.sickle@kingswoodcollege.com 

Khululeka: khulu@khululeka.org.za,

KET: edumentor@knysnaeducationtrust.co.za.

You can also purchase materials independently. See our catalogue and order form here.

BECOMING A STELLAR TEACHER TRAINER

Grade R is such an important year for early language and literacy development! Wordworks is keen for our Stellar programme to be used by as many teachers as possible, and for them to receive good training and support. We are very open to partner organisations and institutions including the Stellar programme in their work and teacher training offerings. If you are a teacher trainer based at a district, NGO or tertiary institution, and would like to build capacity to train teachers in your network on the Stellar programme, contact us on info@wordworks.org.za and tell us more about your interest in Stellar training. We will send you information about the date and venue of our next Training of Trainers course. Please note that Wordworks will not be in a position to pay you for any teacher training that you undertake after the course, but you will become part of a network of trainers that receive updates and refresher engagements and that stay in touch to reflect on our work.