Introductory literacy courses for primary and secondary teachers

The following introductory literacy courses for primary and secondary teachers are samples of the following CPL courses

  • Tell Me Your Story: Supporting EAL/D students in K-8
  • Critical Literacy in English and History – Stage 3 and 4
  • Conversations About Text in Secondary Schools

Please read the overview and details about each of the introductory courses below and click on the title or the link below each course overview to apply. 

These two-hour courses provide participants with understanding and strategies to support students in the classroom. Participants are given a pre-course task and each course includes the preparation of a task directly related to each participant’s work in their own classroom. 

These courses are being provided fee-free to Federation members for a limited time and each course is restricted to a maximum number of 25 participants. 

Course 1 - Friday 5 August

Tell me your story: Supporting EAL/D students in primary years (online)

This short course is a 'taster' of our three-day course Tell me your story: Supporting EAL/D students in K-8Participating in this course does not preclude you from enrolling in the three-day course. 

Overview

The focus of this course, presented by Dr Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge, is to develop understandings and strategies for participants who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms. We will examine:

  • Principles of second language learning and the relationship between L1 and L2
  • The Mode Continuum, Lexical density, and grammatical intricacy
  • Developing oral language through planning and the cyclical use of range of activities like Readers Theatre, Dictogloss, Running dictation, Progressive Brainstorm; Advance/Detail.

Participants will bring and describe a strategy used in their own classroom.

This course will include the preparation of a task directly related to each participant's work in their own classrooms and the discussion of readings to support the development of understandings about supporting EAL/D students.

Professional Learning Objectives:

  • Develop understandings about strategies for developing oral language
  • Focus on oral language development as the basis for developing literacy
  • Explore how knowledge about language, grammar and vocabulary can support students
  • Explore ways of developing an inclusive environment which honours identity, language, and culture

Details: Click here to apply for the course

Date:

Friday, 5 August

Time:

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Delivery:

Online

Cost:

$ 0 (fee free)

Target Audience:

K-6 teachers

EAL/D teachers

Literacy consultants

Accreditation:

Completing Tell me your story: Supporting EAL/D students in primary years - Online can be logged as Elective PD and will contribute towards your NESA PD requirements as per NESA's transition arrangements

Resources:

JPL article - Tell me your story: Working with EAL/D students in mainstream classrooms

Podcast - Teaching EAL/D students in K-12

Course 2 - Friday 26 August

Critical Literacy in English and History (online)

This short course is a ‘taster’ of our three-day course Critical Literacy in English and History – Stage 3 and 4.

Overview

The focus of this workshops is to develop understanding and strategies for participants teaching English and History in Stages 3 and 4. 

We will focus on viewing texts from a critical literacy perspective in order to select a range of texts representing a variety of perspectives. Texts will be considered in terms of contestability and empathetic understanding as well as how they develop and challenge understandings about contemporary issues and the past. To support students in engaging in critical response to texts teachers will analyse and identify language features that can be deconstructed to support critical analysis and in particular questioning of perspectives based on context, author background, date and place of publication.  

Participants will bring text/s used in their own classroom. 

This two-hour course will include the preparation of a task directly related to each participant’s work in their own classrooms and the discussion of readings to support the development of understandings in both History and English. 

 Professional learning objectives:  

  • Understand a critical literacy approach to teaching 
  • Critically analyse perspectives and make connections to develop empathetic understanding e.g., Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, Asian perspectives and/or promote intercultural understanding 
  • Identify and compare features from a range of texts through critical analysis 
  • Make connections between reading and writing through critical analysis of texts 

Details: Click here to apply for the course

Date:

Friday, 26 August 

Time:

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Delivery:

Online

Cost:

$ 0 (fee free)

Target Audience:

Primary teachers (years 5-6)

Secondary English teachers (years 7-8)

Secondary History teachers (years 7-8)

Literacy consultants

Accreditation:

Completing Critical Literacy in English and History - Online can be logged as Elective PD and will contribute towards your NESA PD requirements as per NESA's transition arrangements

Resources:

JPL article - Critical literacy in English and History: Stages 3 & 4

Podcast - Critical literacy

Course 3 - Friday 16 September

Conversations about Text in Secondary Schools (online)

This short course is a ‘taster’ of our one-day course Conversations about Text in Secondary Schools.

Overview

The focus of this course is to support teachers to identify the language demands of texts commonly read and written in the secondary school and to recognise the features of their own students’ writing.   We will focus on the teaching of writing as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning.  

Participants are requested to bring one sample of their students’ writing 

This two hour course will include the preparation of a task directly related to each participant’s work in their own classrooms and the discussion of readings to support the development of understandings about the language demands of texts commonly read and written in the secondary school. 

Professional learning objectives:  

  • Review or address some aspects of grammar for those who may be addressing them explicitly for the first time 
  • Support participants to identify and address their students’ needs as they analyse their written work 
  • Explore a pedagogical approach which supports students to write effectively.  

Details: Click here to apply for the course

Date:

Friday, 16 September

Time:

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Delivery:

Online

Cost:

$ 0 (fee free)

Target Audience:

Secondary teachers

Literacy consultants

Accreditation:

Completing Conversations about text in the secondary school - Online can be logged as Elective PD and will contribute towards your NESA PD requirements as per NESA's transition arrangements

Resources:

JPL article - Helping your students to become better writers

Podcast - Extended response writing 7-12

 

 

 

 

Target Participants

Primary and secondary English teachers

Delivery

Online