What is Literacy?

“The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.” – Rita Dove


TIS libraries are dedicated to promoting and supporting literacy development and critical thinking skills of our students. Literacy development goes beyond the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Basic literacy skills require reading, writing, speaking and listening of alphabets, numbers and visual information.

In today’s technological age, literacy means more than just acquiring the basic skills. Informational literacies are important to make sound critical judgments with unprecedented access to information.  By defining questions, accessing, evaluating, managing and integrating information to develop new understandings, and to share those understandings with others, is the heart of informational literacy. It is also at the core of the inquiry process and a major tenant of student learning at TIS.

Informational literacy is not disciple or educator specific. These skills are necessary in all disciplines, workplaces, and communities. Simply, informational literate individuals know when they need information, where to find it, how to evaluate it, and how to use it in their daily life.

Parents can partner with schools to support informational literacy.  Literacy becomes meaningful for students when they can relate these skills to daily life and use them in daily action. While reading, watching TV or in your daily activities, you can support literacy development by modeling and encouraging questions. By having discussions with your child, about everyday events and decisions, these become valuable opportunities to learn and practice critical decision-making. Also, by promoting a love of reading, and supporting school literacy initiatives is an excellent way to foster literacy.

This year, TIS has partnered with Scholastic Book Club to provide TIS students more access to English books at home. This October, Pre-K to Grade 7 students purchased over 80, 000HK in books, which will arrive late November for students to enjoy. Thank you for your support in promoting literacy!

In addition, TIS libraries have purchased IPADS specific for use in literacy development and inquiry projects. Students have access to e-books, class novels, related learning apps literacy skills apps, and creative apps to demonstrate their learning and share their new understandings with their peers.

For the Love of Literacy!

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