Teaching and learning oral language

Bronwyn Parkin

2 Hours

Available all year

Online unmoderated course



Teachers know that oral language is essential for learning and vocabulary development, and that listening and speaking are an important part of the Australian Curriculum: English. This is a challenge for all classroom teachers, but particularly teachers of EAL/D and some ATSI students. But how do we choose what language should be the focus of our classroom program, and how do we make it stick?

This course explains the role of oral language in learning and will help teachers to include oral language and vocabulary goals as part of each learning area, rather than some separate subject. We will also investigate how teachers’ language and classroom dialogue support the development of oral language.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Understand the oral language expectations and challenges of the Australian curriculum
  • Understand the different purposes for using oral language
  • Embrace a fresh look at what we can teach students about speaking and listening
  • Plan oral assessments in a teaching and learning sequence

Who should participate?

  • Teachers F-6, particularly those with EAL/D, ATSI and low socio-economic students
  • EAL/D Coordinators
  • Literacy Leaders
  • Early Childhood Educators  

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 $60


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 Completing this course comprises 2 hours (NSW - Elective PL) of online professional learning addressing standards 1.3.2, 1.2.2 and 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.       


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