Outreach - Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional Language Series (for Teachers and Education Assistants) 

This intensive professional learning program covering modules in the areas of: Introduction to Speech & Language and Comprehension Semantics Phonological Awareness Oral Text Grammar Pragmatics (social use of language) By the completion of this series participants will have:

  • An increased understanding of the importance of speech and oral language development for literacy, learning and social development.
  • Improved knowledge of theory, strategies and resources to monitor and support development of oral language skills.

This professional learning opportunity is delivered after school in 6 sessions and is normally held at our main campus in Port Kennedy. We can also deliver this professional learning in country areas if there are a large number of participants wishing to attend from your school or network. Alternative arrangements may be made on a case by case basis for example fortnightly sessions or 2 full days.

 

Overview of Oral Language (for Teachers and Education Assistants)

This 5 hour professional learning session introduces the six areas of oral language and is a summarised version of the Speech and Language Series. This workshop is a great introduction to language or refresher. For those attending, this session will enable participants to:

  • Gain an increased understanding of the importance of speech and oral language development
  •  Improve knowledge of the developmental skill hierarchy of the 6 areas of oral language development
  • Gain strategies and resources to use when targeting these areas
  • Have an appreciation of the impact of speech and language difficulties on learning.

The workshop can be tailored for one five hour session or as after school sessions.


 Introduction to Oral Language (for Teachers and/or Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session is a lighter version of the Overview of Oral Language and is a basic introduction to the six areas of oral language. This session enables participants to understand key language terms including comprehension, semantics, phonological awareness, oral text, grammar and pragmatics and delivers an increased awareness of the importance of speech and oral language development. It also provides information about research based strategies and resources to use when targeting each language area.

 

 

Comprehension (for Teachers and Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  •  Understand the term ‘comprehension’
  •  Understand the impact of hearing and auditory processing on comprehension
  • Recognise characteristics of a comprehension difficulty
  •  Identify the three areas of comprehension:
    • Understanding words and concepts
    • Following Instructions
    • Answering Questions
  • Gain knowledge of a range of practical activities, resources and strategies (evidence-based)
  • Explore the transition from oral to reading comprehension
  • Understand the value of comprehension monitoring

 

Semantics: Words and their Meaning (for Teachers and/or Education Assistants) 

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • Understand the term ‘semantics’.
  • Reflect on semantics in relation to world experience & knowledge
  • Explore typical semantic development. Understand the term ‘semantic organization
  • Be exposed to a range of activities and resources (evidence-based) which target various semantic skills


 Phonological Awareness & Phonics as a Foundation to Spelling & Writing (for Teachers and Education Assistants) 

This 5 ½ hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • Review the six areas of oral language.
  • A greater understanding of phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonics and spelling
  • An awareness of what a child with difficulties in phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonics and spelling looks like
  • A greater understanding of the progression from phonological awareness to phonics to spelling  An understanding of the development of spelling and the importance of explicit teaching
  • An understanding of The Australian Curriculum and the requirements for phonological awareness, phonics and spelling across K-3
  • Explore spelling assessment, interpretation of student data and goal setting
  •  Gain knowledge of a range of practical resources, activities and strategies (evidence-based) to use in the classroom linking to writing  

 

Oral Text: Narrative Focus (for Teachers and Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • Review the six areas of oral language
  • Overview of oral text types linking to the curriculum
  • Explore typical narrative development
  • Recognise characteristics of a narrative difficulty
  • Gain knowledge of strategies to support macro level oral narrative development
  • Gain knowledge of strategies to support micro level oral narrative development
  • Review available narrative assessments

 

Grammar and the Curriculum (for Teachers and Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • Understand the term ‘grammar’
  • Consider the development of grammar and understand the importance of explicit teaching
  • The Australian Curriculum and Grammar
  • Identify and define the three components of grammar:
    • Syntax
    • Morphology
    • Punctuation
  • Gain knowledge of a range of practical resources and strategies (evidence-based)

 

Pragmatics: The Language of Social Skills (for Teachers and/or Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • Understand the term ‘pragmatics’.
  • Reflect on the relationship between language development, learning difficulties and social competence.
  • Explore typical pragmatic development.
  • Consider the implementation of explicit teaching of social skills within classroom teaching.
  • Develop and incorporate research based strategies into classroom practice.

Reading Comprehension (for Teachers and Education Assistants) 

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • The Relationship between Oral Language and Reading Comprehension
  • What is reading?
  • Types of poor readers: Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, Poor Comprehenders
  • The Simple View of Reading – word reading and listening comprehension
  • Strategies and intervention for poor comprehenders
  • Sample Lessons

At the completion of this session, participants will understand the importance of reading comprehension and gain useful strategies to support children in the classroom who have reading comprehension difficulties.

 

The Link Between Oral Language and Guided Reading (for Teachers and Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session the following areas:

  • Reading and fluency
  • Overview of modelled, shared, independent and guided reading
  • The benefits of guided reading
  • Implementing a guided reading strategy
  • Four roles of a successful reader
  • The guided reading lesson – before, during and after
  • Guided reading – skilful questioning
  • Evaluating the students reading – assessment of guided reading
  • Activities for before, during and after guided reading

At the completion of this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the principles that underpin guided reading and will have the ability to plan and implement a guided reading model within their classroom environment.

 

 Auditory Processing and the Link to Working Memory (for Teachers and Education Assistants)

This 2 hour professional learning session covers the following areas:

  • Review the six areas of language
  • Understand the term ‘auditory processing’
  • Consider the cause and presentation of auditory processing difficulties,
  • Understand the impact of auditory processing difficulties on language areas
  • Exposure to screening methods
  • Gain knowledge of a range of practical evidence based resources and strategies