Exploring how texts work

Beverly Derewianka

6 hours

Available all year

Online unmoderated course



What is this course about?

This course, based on the best-selling Exploring how texts work, 2nd edition by Professor Beverly Derewianka, provides teachers with access to the power and practical language theory of Michael Halliday and others. It supports teachers to identify the kinds of texts and language features that students need to control in order to be successful learners in different curriculum areas. Critically, this course demonstrates how such knowledge can be transformed into lively, engaging classroom practice.

Why participate?

Through completing this course, participants will:

  • Understand what we mean by a functional approach to language and how that applies to teaching in the primary classroom, in particular genre theory
  • Identify key language features in a range of genres
  • Plan for literacy teaching in the context of different subjects
  • Analyse the relationship between texts and their contexts
  • Develop a metalanguage for talking about texts and meanings with students

Who should participate?

  • Teachers -Years F-6
  • Early career
  • Preservice teachers

What else do I need to know?

 This is a perfect opportunity for colleagues to work together in a PL session, or independently as part of their professional development practice. This course is self-paced and unmoderated, meaning all participants have access to materials for 365 days from the date they register. 

This course is designed as a companion professional development resource for the highly commended PETAA text, Exploring how texts work. This text is required reading for this course.

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group Booking (up to 25 staff): One staff member must register on behalf of their school and will then be required to email us the names, job titles and email addresses of teachers they wish to enrol. 


Cost of participation
Member $180


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 Completing this course comprises 6 hours (NSW - Elective PL) of online professional learning addressing standards 2.1.2 and 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Suggested reading:


Related Courses:

  • Investigating model texts for learning (Lower Primary)
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