Online Family Writing Activity – Ġgantija Temples

This year, the National Literacy Agency will be organising again free of charge Family Writing activities, in Maltese and English, for children and their families. These activities offer families a positive experience of the writing process in a fun and relaxed setting. In the present circumstances, the National Literacy Agency, in collaboration with Heritage Malta, is organising an online Family Writing Activity about the ‘Ġgantija Temples’. This online event will be delivered in Maltese.

Families who wish to participate are to apply as follows:

Families who wish to participate in this activity are asked to fill in an online form, by clicking on the link provided above, by not later than Friday 21st January 2022. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis.

For more information about this activity, kindly contact us on 2598 2997 or by email to mwp.nla@ilearn.edu.mt

Seven Reading Recovery Teachers Graduate with MA from the University College London

The National Literacy Agency congratulates the seven Reading Recovery teacher leaders Anna Vassallo, Doreen Scerri, Eleanor Vella, Janet Maria Cristina, Roberta Galea, Rosanne Delceppo, and Rosanne Talbot, on their graduation which was organised virtually by UCL (University College London).

Reading Recovery is an evidence-based early intervention for children who are not getting underway with reading and writing after one year in school. Most children catch up to age-expected levels in a short period of time and no longer need extra help. Reading Recovery teacher leaders receive a high level of training (at Masters level) about literacy learning and teaching of young children. Under the aegis of the Agency, they train prospective Reading Recovery teachers.

Read me a Book – Recorded Reading for Pleasure for Children Aged 0-9

The virtual video library of the ‘Read me a Book/Aqrali Ktieb’ programme of the National Literacy Agency offers recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions are produced in English and Maltese by the reading animators of the Agency. The virtual library of the Agency is accessible to all educators and parents. Applicants may borrow up to two recorded sessions, one in Maltese and another one in English, every day. These clips, which will be provided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period (circa 3 hours).

Parents may choose the clips from the catalogues which can be found at: https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Resources/Lets-Read-Together.aspx. To borrow a video clip kindly send an email to kurt.lee.azzopardi.2@ilearn.edu.mt and please provide the following information:

•Title of video clip;

•Age of child (0-3, 3-7 or 7-11);

•Date and Time for viewing.

The viewing times are as follows: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. A link and password will be provided through email by Mr Kurt Azzopardi. For more information please call 2598 2994.

Boook Champion Award for Dingli Primary School

Dingli Primary school was given a GOLD AWARD for its sterling work in promoting reading amongst all pupils across the different age groups and abilities. The championship was organised by the AĠENZIJA NAZZJONALI TAL-LITERRIŻMU during scholastic year 2020-2021. The school encourages reading through various activities which include book borrowing, book appreciation, book quizzes and competitions, meeting the author, making our own book, as well as participating in other activities organised by the Aġenzija itself. The highlight of this year’s activities was a BOOK WEEK which culminated in a special day in which ‘ambassadors of reading’ contacted each class through TEAMS and read a favourite story to our pupils. Leading the ambassadors list was his grace the archbishop of Malta, Mgr Charles J. Scicluna who read the story of Samuel’s call.

Reading for Pleasure Programmes

For the upcoming scholastic year (2021-2022), the National Literacy Agency, within the Ministry for Education will be organising the reading for pleasure programmes ‘Magic of Stories / Seħer l-Istejjer’ and ‘The Pleasure of Reading / Gost il-Qari’. These sessions will be held in-person in schools. ‘Magic of Stories / Seħer l-Istejjer’ is specifically designed and intended for children in kindergarten and the first two years of primary whilst ‘The Pleasure of Reading / Gost il-Qari’ is intended for primary classes from Year 3 up to Year 6.

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Brillantini tal-Qari – Reading Stars Campaign 2021

The National Literacy Agency would like to remind parents, educators and schools that the reading campaign Brillantini tal-Qari – Reading Stars promotes a love for reading, anytime and anywhere. This campaign is sponsored by Merlin Library. Its aim is to reward children and adolescents who love to read and who would like to share their love for reading. Kindly follow the newly launched Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/readingstarsmalta (@readingstarsmalta) for further information.

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Tnediet Sensiela Animata għat-Tfal Bl-Isem Ta’ Emme

L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu nediet sensiela ta’ animazzjonijiet viżivi magħmula apposta għat-tfal ċkejknin bl-isem ta’ Emme.

Kull episodju jittratta sitwazzjoni jew avventura li fiha hemm Emme bħala protagonista. Emme huwa merill li għadu żgħir ħafna. Għadu kif beda jmur l-iskola u qed jitgħallem kif iġib ruħu ma’ sħabu. Dawn huma sitwazzjonijiet li t-tfal żgħar jistgħu jirrelataw magħhom permezz ta’ dawn l-animazzjonijiet viżivi. Il-kitba hija ta’ Clare Azzopardi, id-disinji u l-animazzjoni ta’ Matthew Stroud, in-narrazzjoni ta’ Kenneth Scicluna u l-mużika ta’ Maria Mifsud. Il-produzzjoni saret għall-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu.

Għal aktar episodji dwar Emme, wieħed jista’ jżur l-istazzjon tal-YouTube L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu:

Applications open for Nwar Family Literacy Programme

The National Literacy Agency would like to announce that the Nwar programme applications for next scholastic year 2021/22 are now open. There have been some modifications to the programme and the application process.

Nwar is an after-school, literacy intervention programme for students who are encountering literacy difficulties in Maltese and/or English. It supports the acquisition of phonological, alphabet, and phonic knowledge, and reading, spelling, writing and comprehension strategies. The Agency offers this programme to students who struggle in literacy. The sessions are held twice a week for a maximum of 4 Nwar semesters. Once the basic literacy level is reached, students are discontinued from the programme. The progress of the child is monitored on a regular basis. Regular attendance is required. Failure to attend regularly, with a maximum of 4 unauthorized missed sessions, will lead to the discontinuation of the service.

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Virtual Video Library – Let’s Read Together

The virtual video library of the ‘Let’s Read Together/Naqraw Flimkien’ programme of the National Literacy Agency offers a range of recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions were produced in English and Maltese by the reading animators of the Agency. The virtual library of the Agency is accessible to all educators and parents. Applicants may borrow up to two recorded sessions, one in Maltese and another one in English, everyday. These clips, which will be provided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period of circa 3 hours. Parents may choose the clips from the catalogues at:
https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Resources/Lets-Read-Together.aspx

To borrow a video clip kindly send an email to kurt.lee.azzopardi.2@ilearn.edu.mt and please provide the following information:
• Title of video clip
• Age of child (0-3, 3-7 or 7-11)
• Date and Time for viewing
(Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m, 12:30 a.m, 4:00 p.m or 7:00 p.m, Saturday 9:00 a.m or 12:00 p.m).

A link and password will be provided through email by Mr. Kurt Azzopardi tel. no. 2598 2997.

Qari għal Qalbi – Digital Library of Books in Maltese

The National Literacy Agency would like to inform educators and parents that the Maltese reading scheme ‘Qari għal Qalbi’, which was launched in November 2020, offers a digital l ibrary of books in Maltese. Primary school pupils and educators may access 260 digital books in Maltese from the website https://octavo.app/.

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