Online courses

Online professional learning for individuals and whole schools

Enrol in self-paced, moderated courses for individuals running from 4–6 weeks. Or sign up for Special Delivery versions, with 20 weeks whole-school access. Access our courses through your laptop, desktop, or using the Moodle app for tablets and phones (see below).

Registered for an online course? Log in here to PETAA College (our learnbook site) with your PETAA username and password for access.


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This course will be presented in 12 live webinars on Mondays from 4.30–6.30 pm (add specific dates for the course to your calendar when you register).

Grammar and teaching: A twelve week program  presented in a live webinar series by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton

As a result of the implementation of the national curriculum and the NAPLAN test many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum areas. In this online course learners will:

  • Explore those features of grammar necessary for students to master by the end of the middle years of schooling
  • Develop understandings of the grammatical concepts outlined in the syllabus documents and in the writing component of NAPLAN
  • Define a pedagogy which includes the teaching of grammar in meaningful contexts relating to the subject matter of the curriculum

27 August–26 November 2020

20 May–6 August 2021

A Text Based Approach to Teaching Phonics byDr Leonie Arthur and Dr Margery Hertzberg

A text-based Approach to Teaching Phonics presented by Dr Leonie Arthur and Dr Margery Hertzberg

This course is specially designed for early career teachers working in the foundation year or early years of school, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners.

This practical course focuses on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It demonstrates strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and vocabulary knowledge in a meaningful context.

19 October –13 November 2020

Joint Construction: From model text to writing. Joanne Rossbridge

Joint Construction: From model text to writing presented by Joanne Rossbridge

Each of the three independent online courses in this series, for teachers of students for Foundation to Year 6, is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of texts.

Informative texts: 19 October–9 November 2020

Persuasive texts: 16 November–19 December 2020

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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 texts.

6 October to 6 November 2020

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Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar presented and moderated by Rod Campbell

Teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective. This very interactive and practical session will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The workshop is planned so that teachers in all grades from Prep to Year 6 (and higher) will have information for at least five classroom lessons on teaching vocabulary, grammar and sentence construction, based upon the syntactic patterns of English.

12 October–13 November 2020

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Advanced Sentence grammar and Cohesion presented and moderated by Rod Campbell

Teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective. This second interactive and practical session will give teachers more strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The workshop is planned so that teachers in all grades from Prep to Year 6 (and higher) will have information for at least five classroom lessons on teaching clauses of different kinds, sentence variety, paragraphing, pronoun reference and other cohesion systems. Formative assessment of writing systems will be provided.

19 November–13 December 2020

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Grammar and teaching: Encore  presented by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton

For teachers who have successfully completed our 12-week Grammar and Teaching course. Knowledge about selecting and using a range of texts to support understanding about literacy and literature will be developed by building on participants’ understanding of a functional model of language and how it is applied in relevant curriculum and syllabus documents. The course comprises four live webinars and a one hour unit of work.

20 May–6 August 2021