K-6 English: Connect, Create & Communicate!

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Overview

 If you wish to apply to attend a single day of this three-day course, please email us at cpl@nswtf.org.au

Please note that this is a three-day course, but each episode can also stand alone. Although participants will benefit greatly from attending all episodes, they can enrol for one, two, or all three days. 

Each day of this course is NESA Accredited. Please see the ‘Accreditation’ bar for further details.

(Please email cpl@nswtf.org.au if you wish to attend each day separately.)

The focus of this three-day course presented by Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge is to develop understandings and strategies for participants to support students in the English K-6 subject area in mainstream classrooms whilst also considering the needs of EAL/D learners.

In three connected episodes we will focus on a model of language and the teaching and learning cycle to select and plan for the use of texts across the various modes of reading, speaking, and listening and writing.  With the selection of quality literature, we will consider the explicit teaching of language features/grammar, vocabulary, and spelling in context.

Practical strategies will be provided to engage students with texts while also developing their language and literacy skills. Throughout, participants will have opportunities to develop their own lesson plans or teaching sequences with links made to the English K-6 Syllabus.

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Surry Hills (3 Days)

Federation House

23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Day 1 – Friday 9 August 2024

Day 2 – Friday 30 August 2024

Day 3 – Friday 6 September 2024

Day 1 – Reading

Literature; Vocabulary; EAL/D

  1. A framework for text deconstruction: Field, Tenor and Mode
  2. Vocabulary to link reading and writing
  3. Strategies for field building
  4. Selecting and reading texts
  5. Modelling reading: cognitive, social and personal benefits of reading for enjoyment
  6. Responding to reading
Day 2 – Speaking and listening

Language; Spelling; EAL/D

  1. English as a morpho-phonemic language: spelling
  2. The mode continuum – Talk as process and performance
  3. Translanguaging
  4. Strategies: for speaking and listening
  5. Working with texts
  6. Developing a lesson plan
Day 3 – Writing

Literacy; Grammar; EAL/D

  1. A model of language to support students with literacy, writing/reading and grammar
  2. Identifying features of texts
  3. The teaching and learning cycle for planning and programming
  4. Selecting texts as models for writing
  5. Supporting EAL/D students
  6. Moving from modelling to joint construction
  7. Developing and sharing a teaching and learning cycle
Kathy Rushton

Kathy Rushton is interested in the development of language and literacy especially in disadvantaged communities. She has worked as a classroom teacher and literacy consultant and provides professional learning for teachers in the areas of language and literacy development. Her current research projects include a study of multilingual pre-service teachers and the impact that teacher professional learning has on the development of a creative pedagogical stance which supports translanguaging and student identity and wellbeing.

Joanne Rossbridge

Joanne Rossbridge is an independent language and literacy consultant working in both primary and secondary schools and with teachers across Australia. She has worked as a classroom teacher and literacy consultant with the DET (NSW). Her expertise and much of her experience is in working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Joanne is particularly interested in student and teacher talk and how talk about language can assist the development of language and literacy.

Please note each day is accredited separately
Day 1 Accreditation

Completing K–6 English: Connect, Create & Communicate! (Reading) will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.5.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Day 2 Accreditation

Completing K–6 English: Connect, Create & Communicate! (Speaking and Listening) will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2, 2.5.2 & 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Day 3 Accreditation

Completing K-6 English: Connect. Create & Communicate! (Writing) will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing Standard Descriptors 1.5.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Classroom teachers in K-6

Federation members only

$660 for all 3 days

Face to face

NSW Teachers Federation
23-33 Mary Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

“An outstanding and invigorating three days – emboldened me to fight the good fight.”

“Loved it! As an experienced teacher I still learnt so much.”

“Fantastic! I loved it, thanks so much. Another quality PL from teachers Fed and CPL.”

“I like the hands-on activities that are high impact on student learning but take little to no preparation.”