Tell Me Your Story: Supporting EAL/D students in the primary years


The focus of this three day course presented by 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 focus on oral language development as the basis for developing literacy through the cyclical use of a range of strategies. This will be achieved through consideration of how students need to make meaning in curriculum contexts with a particular emphasis on developing knowledge about language particularly grammar and vocabulary

Practical strategies will be provided to foster the use of English language (L2) while encouraging students to use all the linguistic resources that they bring to school including the use of their first language (L1). Consideration will be given to the wellbeing framework and supporting students in an inclusive environment which honours and confirms their identity, language and culture.

Day 1

Speaking and Listening

  1. Principles of second language learning
  2. Lexical density and grammatical intricacy: The relationship between grammar and vocabulary development
  3. The Mode Continuum
  4. Elaborated and restricted codes and the relationship between L1 and L2
  5. Strategies for developing oral language through planning and the cyclical use of range of activities, eg communicative activities, group work, drama, rhymes, chants, poems. Link back to the mode continuum.
  6. Select a picture book and, based on today’s session, prepare strategies. Explanation of task for Session 2.

Day 2


  1. Introduction of Field, Tenor and Mode.
  2. Before, during and after reading and in preparation for writing with a focus on:
    - field building activities to acknowledge and build on cultural knowledge (before)
    - intonation, pronunciation, punctuation and spelling (during)
    - inferential comprehension (after)
  3. Strategies for categorising vocabulary and working with language features
  4. Share strategies for selected picture book with a small group
  5. Explanation of task for Session 3.

Day 3


  1. The teaching and learning cycle
  2. Identifying strategies for developing writing through a joint construction.
  3. Strategies for supporting written like text, eg Readers Theatre, Dictogloss, Running dictation, Advance /Detail
  4. Making links to the community through writing for a purpose
  5. Prepare notes for the joint construction of a Literary Recount and an Exposition using selected text.

Fee: $600 for 3 days
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Completing Tell Me Your Story: Supporting EAL/D students in the primary years before 31 July 2021 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 21 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors 1.3.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Primary teachers who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms


Three whole day workshops with participants actively engaged in each session and undertaking reading and assignments between sessions.

The NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre is a registered COVID safe business, and all courses are run in compliance with the Federation’s COVID safety plan.

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