LIMITED: Explicit teaching of phonics using authentic texts

Dr Margery Hertzberg & Dr Leonie Arthur

3 hours

15 July - 19 August 2024

Online moderated course


LIMITED TIME ONLY: this course is available from 15/07/2024 to 19/08/2024. Extensions for this course cannot be granted unless under exceptional circumstances at PETAA’s discretion.  

This course focuses on strategies to supplement your existing systematic phonics program with authentic texts. It will explore the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It will demonstrate strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in a meaningful context. 
Examples of whole class and small group interactive experiences that enable students to explore and respond to texts, strengthen understandings of letter-sound relationships, and use language for a range of purposes will also be included. 

Whilst the focus is on students in the early years of school, it is also relevant for students in Early Childhood, students with English as an additional Language and students with special needs.

Learning outcomes

Participants in this course will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Integrate authentic texts into an explicit systematic phonics program. 
  • Plan engaging and culturally responsive teaching sequences. 
  • Support students in developing phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in context. 
  • Implement whole class and small group interactive experiences. 
  • Strengthen students' understandings of letter-sound relationships. 

Who should participate?

  • Teachers F - 2
  • Teacher Librarians
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • EAL/D Coordinators

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform. The course will open on the start date listed. Until this point, the course will not e accessible.
  • 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


PL Subscription




 Group booking (10+) Enquire



Completing this course will contribute 3 hours (NSW - Elective PL) of Professional Learning addressing 1.2.2 and 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Related courses:

 The early reading and music partnership

 Unpacking decoding in lower primary 

Related PETAA texts:



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15/07/2024 - 19/08/2024
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