Outreach - Intensive Oral Language Programs

Words, Grammar & Fun

This two phase language program is designed to target the semantic and grammar skills of children with the overall goal of improving oral language outcomes for all children.

Each phase of the program is fully resourced with a small cost to schools for materials which makes it a very competitive program to run. The program includes ALL the resources necessary to target each goal within the program. Activities are modelled by a Support Officer, Speech & Language for each block allowing teachers to have time for questions and discussion.

In order to obtain a baseline and to help direct planning for the program, all children are assessed by a teacher using the assessments provided, both before and after implementation of the program.

Each phase of the program involves 4 main components:

Term One:

  • Professional learning for teachers and education assistants
  • Screening – all children will be assessed by the teacher prior to beginning the program

Term Two & Three:

  • Intervention – based on the screening results students will be placed into rotational groups
  • There are 6 blocks in phase one with two goals per block and 5 blocks in phase two with four goals per block
  • Classes will implement semantic and grammar goals using activities in a rotational group format
  • It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the rotations
  • These are completed twice per week, for three weeks (i.e. six sessions per goal)

Term Four:

  • Re-assessment – all children will be assessed upon completion of each phase of the program and schools will be provided with assessment data in the format of a report
  • Sustainability planning

If your school is interested in finding out more about the Words, Grammar & Fun program please contact us.

 

Cracking the Code

The Cracking the Code program provides children with explicit teaching in the skills which are required for successful literacy development. The main focus of the program is to improve children’s phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge.

The program is fully resourced at a small cost to schools for materials which makes it a very appealing program to run. The kit includes ALL the resources necessary to target each goal within the program. Activities are modelled by a SOSL for each block allowing teachers to have time for questions and discussion.

This program involves 4 components:

  • Professional learning for teachers and education assistants;
  • Assessment – all children will be assessed by a teacher using the Cracking The Code Phonological Awareness Screening Tool and Alphabet Knowledge Screen, both before and after implementation of the program;
  • Phonological awareness component;
    • students will be placed into groups that will run in the classroom – based on pre assessment scores (i.e. ability groups);
    • each group will be assigned a 'starting module' based on assessment results;
    • each adult will provide 4 phonological awareness activities for their designated group (10 minutes per activity therefore 40 minutes a session);
    • these sessions of targeted intervention will be provided at least twice per week;
    • each phonological awareness module will last for 3 weeks;
    • recording will be completed for each child every session; and
    • groups will then progress to the next module of activities.
  • Alphabet knowledge component;
    • alphabet knowledge activities will also be completed twice per week, at a whole class or small group level (at an alternative time to the phonological awareness activities), depending on the nature of the activity (15 minutes).

If your school is interested in finding out more about the Cracking the Code program please contact us.