Oral Language Courses

The Australian Curriculum (ACARA) requires that “students become increasingly proficient at active listening, strategic and respectful questioning and using language to share information and negotiate meaning and outcomes. They interact across an increasing range of curriculum contexts and purposes in pair, group or whole-class oral interactions. 

These PETAA courses recognise that oral language is essential for learning and vocabulary development, and that listening and speaking are important to include as part of each learning area, rather than as separate subjects. It is through interaction that communication with others begins, these courses demonstrate how developing strong oral language skills is fundamental to developing efficient reading and writing – and provide teachers the tools they need share that knowledge with their students.

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2023 F2F: Multilingual Storyboxes in Early Childhood classes
Presented by Kim Cootes and Dr Gill Pennington, this workshop, will introduce you to significant aspects of EAL/D pedagogy and the value of stories as vehicles for language and literacy development, especially when accompanied by opportunities to respond playfully to multilingual texts. Reference will be made to appropriate curriculum outcomes. The purpose of ´multilingual storyboxes’ will then be explored: to value and explore the diversity of languages spoken in the school... Details
When: March 30, 2023