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Online: Joint construction — informative
Presented by Joanne Rossbridge, this course is designed to develop knowledge and metalanguage to explore how to support students in the joint construction of informative texts. Choice of model texts will be considered by looking at examples from subject areas such as History, Science and Geography. Teachers will be provided with ways to read model texts in order to identify a focus on language choices across a range of informative texts. Links between modelling, reconstruction and... Details
When: April 11 – May 16, 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: April 12 – May 10, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Intro to English language and sentence grammar
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: May 3–31, 2021
Where: Online
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. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and underlying understandings combined with a... Details
When: May 10 – June 4, 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: May 10 – June 14, 2021
Where: Online
Live Webinar: Organising the English/literacy block
Free Webinar for members only. For beginning teachers. Join us for a webinar with senior literacy academic Dr Kaye Lowe (author of Writing the Future and For the Love of Reading; facilitator of popular PETAA online course Supporting Struggling Readers) as she shares top tips for beginning teachers - focusing on best practice ways to organise the English and literacy block. This webinar is designed for pre-service and early-career teachers, and will include time for you to ask... Details
When: May 11, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms 3
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: May 17 – June 21, 2021
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 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: May 24 – June 25, 2021
Where: Online
Online: A text based approach to teaching phonics
This practical workshop, presented by Dr. Leonie Arthur and Dr. Margery Hertzberg, will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school.

When: May 24 – June 28, 2021
Where: Online
Building vocabulary
Presented by Annette Gray. A broad, rich and constantly growing vocabulary is a powerful component of students’ literacy and learning success. The correlation between vocabulary knowledge and literacy success is well-established, with vocabulary responsible for up to 80% of comprehension. Successful instruction is that which has as its primary goal the understanding of new concepts, not just new words (Nagy 1988), and is context and meaning-based within the fundamental purpose of... Details
When: May 26, 2021
Where: Mudgee, NSW
Live Webinar: Poetry for life
Reading poetry and prose with primary students. Free Webinar for members only. With Wendy Orr. Wendy is the author of Nim’s Island, Dragonfly Song, and many more books for children and young people. They have won awards in Australia and around the world and have been translated into twenty-eight languages. In her Bronze Age adventure novel Cuckoo’s Flight, Wendy uses verse and prose alike to build Clio’s world and tell her story. Join us in conversation with Wendy as we talk about... Details
When: May 26, 2021
Where: Online
Books & Bubbles
A special event presented by Jennifer Asha. Come along to discover and explore quality children's literature while sipping on a glass of bubbles!

When: May 27, 2021
Where: Newtown
Exploring how texts work in science
Presented by Bronwyn Custance and Tony Hole. What are the core text types reflected in the Australian Curriculum; Science, and how do we support our learners in reading and writing science texts to successfully construct and represent their learning?

When: May 28 – June 18, 2021
Where: Cowandilla, SA
The explicit teaching of writing K–6
Presented by Penny Hutton, this workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy with direct references to the Australian Curriculum: English Years F–10. There will be a particular focus on teaching grammar and punctuation in context.

When: June 4, 2021
Where: Newtown, NSW
Online: Joint construction — persuasive
Presented by Joanne Rossbridge, this course is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of persuasive texts. Discussion of text choices will focus particularly on audience consideration and the combining of ideas. Oral language strategies will be shared to show how to shift from oral to more written like language at the point of planning for joint construction. Strategies such as monster cloze, think alouds... Details
When: June 7 – July 5, 2021
Where: Online