Reading Courses

Reading is a complex process of making meaning from texts. It is one of the receptive language modes:  as readers engage with texts, they process words, symbols or actions to derive and/or construct meaning. Reading includes interpreting, critically analysing and reflecting upon the meaning of a wide range of written and visual, print and non-print texts. 

These PETAA courses cover a range of skills, knowledge and understandings to assist primary school educators in the teaching of this complex process, and focus on meaning making – drawing on students’ knowledge about the world and the topic, as well as the ways that text structure, grammatical choices and illustrations in the text contribute to intended and inferred meanings. 

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Online: Putting the literacy jigsaw together
Presented by Dr Bronwyn Parkin. Teachers are presented with many different models representing the reading process and, more generally, models of literacy learning. Some examples are the ‘Big Six’, the Simple model of reading, the Scarborough rope model, the three cueing systems, and Freebody and Luke’s 4 resources model. Each provides different pieces and shapes of the jigsaw that is the reading... Details
When: February 21 – March 21, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Supporting struggling readers
Presented and moderated by  Dr Kaye Lowe, author of For The Love of Reading and Writing The Future. This online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling... Details
When: March 14 – April 11, 2022
Where: Online
F2F Exploring how texts work in HASS: geography and history
(IN PERSON South Australia) What are the core text types reflected in the Australian Curriculum; HASS: Geography and History? How do we support our learners in reading and writing texts to successfully construct and represent their learning?

When: May 26 – June 17, 2022
Where: Glenunga, SA
Online: Launching spelling through reading and writing
Presented by Robyn Wild. While most Foundation 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: June 20 – July 18, 2022
Where: Online
In person: Supporting struggling readers
(IN PERSON New South Wales) Presented and moderated by  Dr Kaye Lowe, author of For The Love of Reading and Writing The Future. This online workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling... Details
When: June 30, 2022
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW