Individual School Consultation: Schools can request assistance with needs analysis and whole school planning related to language development and incorporating and linking speech and language knowledge into the curriculum.
The Language Leadership Schools Initiative
Participants will be provided with professional learning and individualised support to undertake the role of a ‘Language Leader’ within their school. This support will allow them to gain experience regarding speech and language knowledge and evidence based classroom practice, as they simultaneously build the capacity of their school.
- Session One: Launching Language Leaders – Moving from oral language to literacy
- Session Two: Language Essentials for Literacy – Grammar and Vocabulary
- Session Three: Unlocking the Code – The progression from phonological awareness to phonics
- Session Four: Understanding What’s Said Before Read – Oral to reading comprehension
- Session Five: Making Words Work – Oral to written text
Intensive Oral Language Programs
‘Words, Grammar and Fun’ is a language program targeting early oral language development in the areas of semantics and grammar. School staff members are provided with professional learning, resources and support to conduct targeted small group rotational language sessions. Ongoing modelling and support is provided for the duration of the program.
‘Cracking the Code’ is a language program that targets pre-literacy development in the areas of phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge. School staff members are provided with professional learning, resources and support to conduct targeted small group rotational language sessions. Ongoing modelling and support is provided for the duration of the program.
Teachers and Education Assistants can access work shadowing opportunities at the Fremantle LDC. This provides the opportunity to observe strategies and pedagogy in practice; and includes time to liaise with specialised teachers discussing the explicit teaching of oral language.
Professional learning is offered at a regional level and can also be requested at a school or network level. Some of our professional learning options are outlined below.
Speech and Language Series
This series has been designed for teachers and education assistants with an interest in speech and language, and who are looking for practical strategies to encourage development in these areas. The series consists of eight modules which are listed below.
- Introduction to Speech & Language
- Oral Text
- Foundations of Literacy
- Planning & Practical Session
- Speech and Language Advanced Sessions
These sessions have been designed for teachers who have completed the After School Speech & Language Series above and are looking to extend their skills in supporting speech and language development.
- Advanced Grammar
- Advanced Vocabulary
- Introduction to Speech & Language
This session is appropriate for Education Assistants and Aboriginal and Indigenous Education Officers who work within the primary school setting. By the completion of the session participants will able to identify the areas of speech and language, understand typical speech and language development and identify and support children with speech and language difficulties.
Pathway to Spelling Success
This workshop has been designed to provide an evidence based approach to the systematic teaching of:
- Phonological Awareness
- Alphabet Knowledge
- Concepts of Print
The Keys to Unlocking Reading Comprehension
This workshop has been designed to provide an evidence based approach to the systematic teaching of reading comprehension. The session covers the five pillars of reading;
- Phonemic Awareness
- Reading Fluency
Professional Learning Sessions for 2018
The Keys to Unlocking Reading Comprehension – 13th March 2018
An Introduction to Speech & Language for Education Assistants – 27th March 2018
Planning a Literacy Block – 17th April 2018
Speech & Language Professional Learning Series – 8th May to the 12th June 2018
Pathway to Spelling Success – 31st May 2018
Oral Grammar & Vocabulary – Fundamental Foundations of Literacy – 21st June 2018
Registrations for all events will be completed through PLIS: click here for further details