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Online: Reading to Write — PETAA 2020 Conference
PETAA's 2020 Leading with Literacy Conference on demand. 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 the levels of text, paragraph,... Details
When: January 1 – May 1, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: March 15 – April 19, 2021
Where: Online
Online: A text based approach to teaching phonics
This practical workshop, presented by Dr. Leonie Arthur and Dr. Margery Hertzberg, will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school.

When: March 15 – April 16, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Teaching visual literacy with multimodal texts
To be literate means something quite different to what it did a few decades ago. To be literate means gaining meaning from various texts, interpreting, analysing, judging, responding to and creating texts in different forms. These different text forms, in today’s society, are extremely visual in nature and often consist of multiple modes. Texts that use multiple modes or multimodal texts convey their meaning through written text, illustrations, symbols, sound tracks, moving images,... Details
When: March 22 – April 19, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Launching spelling through reading and writing
Presented by Robyn Wild. While most Kindergarten teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own... Details
When: March 29 – May 3, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Joint construction — informative
Presented by Joanne Rossbridge, this course is designed to develop knowledge and metalanguage to explore how to support students in the joint construction of informative texts. Choice of model texts will be considered by looking at examples from subject areas such as History, Science and Geography. Teachers will be provided with ways to read model texts in order to identify a focus on language choices across a range of informative texts. Links between modelling, reconstruction and... Details
When: April 11 – May 16, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms 2
Presented by Dr Jennifer Hammond and Maya Cranitch. Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms is a three part course designed to address the contributions and educational needs of diverse EAL/D students in Australian schools, including those who have recently arrived and who may be from refugee backgrounds. Drawing upon principles and practices of EAL/D pedagogy to support mainstream and EAL/D teachers in planning and implementing programs that meet the needs of EAL/D students in... Details
When: April 12 – May 10, 2021
Where: Online
Live Webinar:Teaching the language of climate change science
Free Webinar for members only. Join us in conversation with Julie Hayes, co-author of new release PETAA Publication Teaching the Language of Climate Change Science, as she shares tips for introducing scientific language for young people and classroom examples of best practice. Plus, we’ll touch on actions teachers can take in their own classrooms to be more... Details
When: April 20, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Differentiated spelling teaching — error analysis
Using systematic error analysis to inform a differentiated approach to teaching spelling.    A two-hour live, online seminar presented by Dr. Tessa Daffern. Spelling error analysis is a method of assessment that can be of benefit for screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostic purposes. A systematic analysis of spelling errors can provide a wealth of information about a student’s phonological, orthographic and morphological applications in the context of spelling. This session... Details
When: April 21, 2021
Where: Live Seminar
The explicit teaching of writing K–6
Presented by Penny Hutton, this workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy with direct references to the Australian Curriculum: English Years F–10. There will be a particular focus on teaching grammar and punctuation in context.

When: April 23, 2021
Where: Newtown, NSW
Live webinar: Inside a picture book
Free Webinar for members only. Join us for a conversation with author/illustrators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft, whose new picture book Iceberg tells a hauntingly beautiful story – and might just help young people develop a sense and love and care for our precious, and rapidly changing, natural world. We’ll talk about how the book came to be, gain some insights into the writing, illustrating and creating process, and explore the magic of picture... Details
When: April 27, 2021
Where: Online
Contemporary issues and perspectives in teaching spelling
Presented by Dr Tessa Daffern. Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics.

When: April 29, 2021
Where: Newtown, NSW
Outdoor learning — Literacy through nature and story
Presented by Dr Amanda Lloyd.  Developing literacy through nature and story play, provides teachers with an opportunity engage with English curriculum activities. The course is completed in an outdoor environment and the activities are completed to enable teachers to experience nature pedagogy, within literacy building activities, for themselves. Teaching strategies for outdoor learning will be modelled throughout the course, with the aim that teachers can replicate these in their... Details
When: April 30, 2021
Where: Mt Annan, NSW
Online: Intro to English language and sentence grammar
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: May 3–31, 2021
Where: Online
Live Webinar: The power and potential of picture books
Free Webinar for members only. Author Radhiah Chowhury is currently a commissioning editor and audio producer for children and adults at Penguin Random House Australia and has edited books for children at Scholastic Australia, Allen & Unwin and Giramondo. She is passionate about stories that reflect all the magnificent, different facets and experiences of our community, and has been an advocate for representative publishing in her work as both an editor and an author. Her picture... Details
When: May 6, 2021
Where: Online