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Early Grade Reading Study

Improving English First Additional Language Literacy in the Foundation Phase

Why Focus on English Literacy?

Reading is an important skill needed for educational and economic success but the majority of learners in South Africa cannot read for meaning by the end of Grade 4. Improving English literacy in the early grades will improve outcomes later.

  • Most learners in South Africa learn in an African language in the early grades but need to learn English from Grade 4.
  • For most teachers, English is an additional language so some teachers might not feel comfortable teaching English First Additional Literacy (EFAL) in the Foundation Phase.

To address these systemic challenges, the Second Early Grade Ready Study (EGRS II) aims to support and strengthen the teaching of early grade reading in English by providing teachers with structured lesson plans, additional learning and teaching support material, training sessions and reading coaches.