ON DEMAND: Teaching Language through Climate Change

How can we introduce language-focused science in the primary school? How can a classroom teacher use specialist science teacher knowledge to improve understanding about climate change and literacy outcomes?

Presented by Dr Bronwyn Parkin, the purpose of this course is to help you identify language goals for your students within the all-important science topic of climate change. These language goals are set beyond what students can already do, to help with language development, with moving them up the register continuum.

This course is ideal for studying with colleagues in staff meeting times over 4 weeks. The whole staff together does Module 1, then teachers break into year groups for the next two weeks , then come together for Module 3.


  • Module 1: for all participants (1 hour plus reading)
  • Module 2: individuals or professional learning communities: choose the year levels most relevant to you  (2 hours plus reading and classroom practice)
    Foundation - Yr 2       OR       Years 3-4       OR     Years 5-6
  • Module 3: for all participants (1 hour including reading)                                               


Who should participate?  Classroom teachers F-6

Essential resource: The resource required for this course is Teaching the Language of Climate Change Science by Julie Hayes and Bronwyn Parkin. You can purchase an e-copy of this book here. If you or your school are PETAA members, you may already have a hard copy of this book in your collection. 

This course should take approximately 4 hours to complete.

Cost of participation:

Registration type




Student member $100
Non member $195

$700 * please call us on 1300 307 382 or email [email protected]


3/01/2022 - 31/12/2022
Online registration not available.