Unpacking comprehension in primary classrooms

Bronwyn Parkin

3 hours

Available all year

Online unmoderated course


This course provides a language-focused perspective on teaching reading and writing, making sense of the many literacy models that teacher must engage with, and how to fit them within a coherent model of language.

Drawing on research from linguists, educational psychology, neuroscience, and the USA National Reading panel, it presents a text-focused approach to both decoding and meaning-making, understanding how teachers can work towards both comprehension and decoding outcomes, launching from literature. This course features a case study with examples from an upper primary classroom with a high number of EAL/D students. The teacher shows how she uses text marking as a way of drawing student attention to particular language features.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Investigate key reading models used in educational settings
    Interrogate the challenges of comprehension, and learn how to support students to make deep inferential meanings from the texts they read
  • Reflect on how your classroom practice in the teaching of reading supports all learners in both decoding to automaticity, and meaning-making

Who should participate?

  • Teachers - F - 2
  • Literacy coordinators
  • Year and Stage Coordinators
  • Instructional and Curriculum Leaders

What else do I need to know?

This course is self-paced and unmoderated. All participants have access to materials for 365 days from the date they register. 

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group Booking: Schools interested in making a group booking should email us the number of teachers they wish to enrol in order to receive a quote.


Cost of participation
Member $90


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 Completing this course comprises 3 hours (NSW - Elective PL) of online professional learning addressing standards 1.2.1, 2.1. 1 and 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 

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