Teaching spelling in context


2 hours

Available all year

Online unmoderated course


This is not the free NSW Spelling Bee version of the course. Access the course here.

In this PETAA course, we delve into the transformative power of spelling proficiency. By mastering spelling, teachers can help students avoid cognitive overload, reducing the risk of disengagement with writing as tasks become more complex. Don't let spelling hold your students back. Equip yourself with the tools to empower your students to become confident, skilled writers.

This course covers the following content along with practical examples of spelling lessons to support writing:

  • Module 1: What we need to know about spelling (developmental stages, prerequisites for teaching spelling effectively, knowledge used by competent spellers, spelling in the Australian curriculum) 
  • Module 2: Teaching process for early spellers  
  • Module 3: Teaching process for competent spellers  
  • Module 4: Setting learning goals for spelling and formative assessment

Learning outcomes: 

  • Embed the teaching of decoding/encoding within meaningful texts.  
  • Explore strategies to enhance automaticity and fluency in spelling. 
  • Learn how to integrate spelling practice into everyday teaching seamlessly.
  • Learn practical strategies to enhance automaticity and fluency in spelling, ensuring that students can focus on meaning making rather than worrying about spelling.
  • Empower students to become more confident and engaged writers.

Who should participate?

  • Teachers F - 6
  • Literacy Coordinators 
  • Heads of Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum and Instructional Leaders

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. 
  • PL Subscription: Access this course via the PL Subscription homepage. All PL subscription members receive free access to all online unmoderated courses. 

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. 


Cost of participation
Member $60


PL Subscription School Member
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 Completing this course comprises 2 hours (NSW - Elective PL) of online professional learning addressing standards 2.1.2 and 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

PETAA Membership

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