Online courses

Online professional learning for individuals and whole schools

Enrol in self-paced, moderated courses for individuals running from 4–6 weeks. Or sign up for Special Delivery versions, with 20 weeks whole-school access.

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A text-based approach to teaching phonics presented by Dr Leonie Arthur and Dr Margery Hertzberg

For early career teachers working in the foundation year or early years of school, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners. This practical workshop will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It will demonstrate strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in a meaningful context. Examples of whole class and small group interactive experiences that enable students to explore and respond to texts, strengthen understandings of letter-sound relationships and use language for a range of purposes will also be included.

Research indicates that the most effective literacy teaching integrates the teaching of decoding skills with the meaningful use of literacy for a range of purposes (Hall, 2013).

14 April–14 May 2020

Note: For April courses only, non-members can access online courses for member prices

Embedding phonics instruction in the sharing of meaningful literature supports all students’ learning and has been found to be particularly effective in supporting students from low socio-economic communities (Tse & Nicholson, 2014) and EAL/D students (Gibbons, 2015). Oral language experiences develop students’ understandings of letter-sound relationships (Foorman, 2010) and support vocabulary development, which is critical to reading and writing success (Dickinson & Porche, 2011).

Teaching Grammar with Rich Literature presented and moderated by Jennifer Asha

Using rich literature to teach writing with quality texts as a springboard to explicit grammar instruction. With an emphasis on applying grammar knowledge to classroom activities and classroom talk, the course has a focus on teacher modelling of metalanguage, helping teachers to adjust their knowledge of grammatical terms and definitions to the classroom and to show students how authors use grammatical choices to meet the purposes of their texts.

24 Feb–6 April 2020

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (from within Australia)

Teaching visual literacy with multimodal texts presented and moderated by Jennifer Asha

This short online course presented by Jennifer Asha is designed to provide you with a glimpse of the Australian Curriculum: English related to multimodal texts, to hear some ideas for how to think and talk about multimodal texts, and take part in some suggested literacy teaching and learning activities using multimodal texts. The course consists of separate self-paced modules and activities designed to adapt what you have learned to your classroom context.

20 April–30 May 2020

Note: For April courses only, non-members can access online courses for member prices

Teaching Knowledge for the Art and Craft of Writing presented and moderated by Rod Campbell

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each.

20 April–30 May 2020

Note: For April courses only, non-members can access online courses for member prices

4 August–8 September 2020

Whole school Access: Request more details or Phone 1300 307 382 (from within Australia)

  • Testimonial from EAL/D teacher Con Kokoris
  • Testimonial from Michelle Walker
  • Testimonial from Kristina Roberts Prisk