Writing Courses

Writing includes the ability to plan, compose, edit and publish texts in print or digital forms. It usually involves activities using pencils, pens, word processors; and/or using drawings, models, photos to represent text; and/or using a scribe to record responses or produce recorded responses. 

These PETAA courses acknowledge that writing is one of the productive language modes and that learning to write requires gaining control of language at the levels of text, paragraph, sentence and word. These courses provide teachers with knowledge about genre, text patterns, grammar and vocabulary, spelling and punctuation, and offer strategies for guiding students through choosing language for a particular purpose and communicating with a particular audience.

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Online: Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion

Presented by: Dr. Rod Campbell

About the course: This course demonstrates that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.



When: October 31 – November 28, 2022
Where: Online
Online: You're teaching Kindergarten? Writing 3
Creating writers in Kindergarten/Foundation, presented by Robyn Wild. Will you be teaching Kindergarten/Foundation in 2022? Perfect for all Foundation/Kindergarten and Early Childhood teachers, this a series of three short workshops which can be completed as a series or as single events.

When: November 28 – December 19, 2022
Where: Online
ON DEMAND WEBINAR: Reading Writing Prompts
Reading Writing Prompts: Making the most out of picture prompts for composing narrative

Presented by: Katherine Bates. 

About the webinar:

Are your students prepared to read images in the visual prompts provided in writing assessment contexts? This webinar demonstrates how students provided with opportunities to develop skills in examining snapshot visual narratives may... Details
When: December 1, 2022 – April 6, 2023
Where: ON DEMAND WEBINAR

ON DEMAND WEBINAR - Teaching Grammar Easily and Effectively
Teaching grammar easily and effectively

Presented by: Rod Campbell

About the webinar:
How can teachers use the language and experiences that children bring to their learning in order to understand and use metalinguistic terms like clause, phrase, and the parts of speech when talking about texts? In this webinar, Rod Campbell shows how to develop and strengthen this... Details
When: December 1, 2022 – April 6, 2023
Where: ON DEMAND WEBINAR

ON DEMAND WEBINAR - Organising the literacy block
Organising the English and literacy block

Presented by: Katherine Bates.

About the webinar:

Need top tips for organising the English and literacy block? Senior literacy academic Dr Kaye Lowe (author of Writing the Future and Details
When: December 1, 2022 – April 6, 2023
Where: ON DEMAND WEBINAR

2023 ONLINE: Handwriting & keyboarding in the 21st century
Presented by Dr Noella Mackenzie.  Contemporary writing incorporates a variety of traditional, digital, multimodal, and visual literacy forms, with the written word still central to most texts. This course is NESA approved.

When: February 6 – March 20, 2023
Where: ONLINE
2023 F2F: Let's write an English unit with textual concepts
Let's write an English unit with textual concepts
NESA Approved

Presented by: Dr Lorraine Beveridge and Michael Murray

Monday 27 February 2023 (9am-3pm AEDT)

 

About the workshop:


Looking for a practical workshop that will show you how to write quality syllabus-based English units of work? This workshop demonstrates how to create a unit utilising... Details
When: February 27, 2023
Where: NEWTOWN
2023 TWILIGHT F2F: Teaching with mentor texts
Actively noticing the craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor texts

Presented by: Dr Lorraine McDonald

This course is run over two afternoons (one week apart) on Monday 27 February (4 - 6:30pm) and Monday 6 March 2023 (4-6:30pm)

About the workshop: Learn how to apply explicit language/grammatical knowledge to closely observe how readers are engaged, how the... Details
When: February 27 – March 6, 2023
Where: NEWTOWN

2023 F2F: You're teaching Kindergarten? 3 - Writing
You're Teaching Kindergarten? It's child's play! PART 3 Creating writers in Kindergarten/Foundation. Presented by Robyn Wild. Will you be teaching Kindergarten/Foundation in 2023? This is a series of three short workshops which can be completed as a series or as single events.

When: March 14, 2023
Where: NEWTOWN
2023 F2F: Contemporary perspectives on teaching spelling
Presented by Dr Tessa Daffern.   Research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve multiple linguistic skills and strategies from the early years of learning to write. Learning to spell requires explicit and differentiated instruction in the phonological, orthographic and morphological components of spelling. Successful instruction in spelling is underpinned by quality assessment procedures and... Details
When: March 29, 2023
Where: NEWTOWN
2023 ONLINE: Teaching with mentor texts
This course was previously called Actively noticing the craft of writing: attentive teaching with mentor texts. Presented by Dr Lorraine McDonald, this workshop will demonstrate how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing... Details
When: April 11 – May 16, 2023
Where: ONLINE
2023 ONLINE: Going Meta-Enabling rich talk about writing
Presented and moderated by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom.

When: April 24 – May 29, 2023
Where: ONLINE
2023 ONLINE: You're teaching Kindergarten? 3 - Writing
Creating writers in Kindergarten/Foundation, presented by Robyn Wild. Will you be teaching Kindergarten/Foundation in 2022? This a series of three short workshops which can be completed as a series or as single events.

When: May 1–15, 2023
Where: ONLINE
2023 ONLINE: Handwriting & keyboarding in the 21st century
Presented by Dr Noella Mackenzie, this course is NESA accredited.  Contemporary writing incorporates a variety of traditional, digital, multimodal, and visual literacy forms, with the written word still central to most texts. This course is NESA approved.

When: May 29 – July 3, 2023
Where: ONLINE
2023 ONLINE: Launching spelling through reading and writing
Presented by Robyn Wild. While most Kindergarten teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own... Details
When: July 17 – August 14, 2023
Where: ONLINE