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FEATURED ONLINE COURSE

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).

Please note that PETAA has cancelled or postponed all face to face Professional Learning until mid-June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements. We will update this page and our Professional Learning schedule at regular intervals. You can also find resources for schools and parents with students in self isolation or quarantine on our Online Teaching Support page.

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An ONLINE workshop for all , presented and moderated by Jennifer Asha.
Using rich literature to teach writing, with quality texts as a springboard for explicit grammar instruction.
What makes a quality text a good resource for teaching sentence level grammar?
The delivery of this course emphasizes the application of grammar knowledge to classroom activities and classroom talk. It aims to focus on teacher modeling of metalanguage, helping teachers to adjust... Details
When: February 24 – April 6, 2020
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FREE WEBINAR MEMBERS ONLY

Reading Writing Prompts: Making the most out of picture prompts for composing narrative.
Images are powerful communicators of story and used richly in and out of school.
As such, it is understandable why current curriculum mandates the inclusion of the visual mode in teaching and learning cycles from the early years. However, reading images in the visual prompts provided in writing assessment contexts may not come naturally ... Details
When: March 24, 2020
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PRESENTED by Dr LEONIE ARTHUR and Dr MARGERY HERTZBERG


This course is specially designed for early career teachers working in the foundation year or early years of school, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners.

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When: April 14 – May 14, 2020

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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... Details
When: April 20 – May 30, 2020
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An ONLINE workshop for members and non members, presented and  moderated by Dr 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.
Part 1: Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
Part 2:... Details
When: April 20 – May 30, 2020
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FREE WEBINAR MEMBERS ONLY Presented by JOHN NICHOLAS SAUNDERS , Director of Education & Community Partnership, Sydney Theatre Company.

Initially a Drama and English teacher, John has extensive experience in Arts, English and Literacy Education and has taught in primary, secondary, tertiary and community contexts.
He has held positions Head of Department: The Arts at Southern Cross Catholic College; Senior Curriculum Co-Writer with the Queensland Studies... Details
When: April 29, 2020
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An ONLINE workshop for members and non members, presented and  moderated by Dr 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.
Part 1: Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
Part 2:... Details
When: August 4 – September 8, 2020
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Presented by  Dr KATHY RUSHTON and JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum areas. Objectives... Details
When: August 27 – December 3, 2020
Where: MILLER, NSW
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PETAA 2020 READING TO WRITE

*Do you ever get the time to stop and think about the relationship between reading and writing (and talking and listening) in your classroom?
* Have you closely examined the role reading plays in learning to write?
* Are you looking to lift student performance in writing?
* Could you do more to integrate reading into the teaching of writing?

Learning to write requires gaining control of language at... Details
When: November 6–7, 2020
Where: ULTIMO, NSW