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Select from the full list of courses face-to-face and online further below, or explore tailored learning options for your school team to build a professional learning community.

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Please note that PETAA face to face Professional Learning has been suspended in some areas due to COVID. In states and territories where in-person events can proceed, they are under COVID safe guidelines as explained in PETAA’s COVID Safe Policy (.pdf 177 kB)  and follow advice from local Health authorities for both attendees and host venues.

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Online Whole School: The explicit teaching of writing F–6
Presented by Penny Hutton, this online workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy with direct references to the Australian Curriculum: English Years F–10 (with a focus on years F–6). There will be a particular focus on teaching grammar and punctuation in context.

When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Going meta
Going Meta- Enabling rich talk about writing.    Presented 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. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and... Details
When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Intro to English language and sentence
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Advanced sentence grammar & cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Supporting struggling readers
Presented by Dr Kaye Lowe, author of For The Love of Reading and Writing The Future. This 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: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Teaching of writing with mentor texts
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 purposes.

When: August 16 – September 20, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Teaching visual literacy with multimodal texts
To be literate means something quite different to what it did a few decades ago. To be literate means gaining meaning from various texts, interpreting, analysing, judging, responding to and creating texts in different forms. These different text forms, in today’s society, are extremely visual in nature and often consist of multiple modes. Texts that use multiple modes or multimodal texts convey their meaning through written text, illustrations, symbols, sound tracks, moving images,... Details
When: August 23 – September 27, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: August 30 – September 27, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Teaching grammar with rich literature
Presented and moderated by Jennifer Asha. Using rich literature to teach writing, with quality texts as a springboard for explicit grammar instruction. What makes a quality text a good resource for teaching sentence level grammar?

When: September 8 – October 11, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms 2
Presented by Dr Jennifer Hammond and Maya Cranitch. Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms is a three part course designed to address the contributions and educational needs of diverse EAL/D students in Australian schools, including those who have recently arrived and who may be from refugee backgrounds. Drawing upon principles and practices of EAL/D pedagogy to support mainstream and EAL/D teachers in planning and implementing programs that meet the needs of EAL/D students in... Details
When: September 13 – October 8, 2021
Where: Online
Live Webinar: Poetry for students: a poet’s perspective
Free webinar for members only. What does poetry look like in the context of primary-aged children? What do teachers need to know about poetry to teach it in the primary years? Where can they find poetry for the classroom, and what should they keep in mind when introducing poetry to students who might not know what to make of it or how to understand it? And what do all these questions mean for writers like Lorraine Marwood, who write poetry and verse novels for young people? Join us... Details
When: September 28, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Play-based language and literacy learning
Presented and moderated by Dr Margery Hertzberg and Dr Leonie Arthur. Play-based learning is seeing a resurgence in the classroom and is especially beneficial with literacy and language learning. This practical course will provide teachers with a range of strategies to plan for, scaffold and assess play-based language and literacy learning.

When: October 4 – November 1, 2021
Where: Online
Expression of Interest - School based PL for Term 4 2021
Register your expression of interest to work collaboratively with PETAA in Term 4 2021 to design workshops and courses tailored to your particular school context.

When: October 5 – December 17, 2021
Online: Teaching handwriting & keyboarding in the 21st cent
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. Deborah Brandt (2015) suggests that writing is taking over reading as the literacy skill of critical consequence in the current era (p. 161). In this online course, Dr Noella Mackenzie will provide rationales for continuing to teach handwriting, as well as the keyboarding skills necessary for... Details
When: October 5 – November 8, 2021
Where: Online
Live Webinar: Inside illustrated encyclopedias
Free webinar for members only. Sami Bayly’s Illustrated Encyclopaedia series (Ugly Animals, Dangerous Animals), continues this October with The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature. Join us in conversation with Sami as we talk about the process of creating a non-fiction text for children that’s lively and engaging; her wonderful scientific illustrations; and how children’s texts can help to spread important messages about nature conversation, caring for animals, and... Details
When: October 6, 2021
Where: Online