Reading and Writing for the Middle Years – Module 1

Professional Learning Major Events - 2012 Archive

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2012 | Blended mode (10 hours face-to-face at hub school + 10 hours reading/online activities)

Hub school
Details and dates TBA

Bill Spence is an Honorary Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work and currently works at the Centre for Learning Innovation in the NSW DEC. Previously, in addition to teaching in Sydney primary schools, TAFEs and at universities, Bill has worked as a regional K–12 English consultant, a district literacy consultant, has managed the State Literacy Strategy and implementation of the NSW Quality Teaching framework, and has been president of the Primary English Teaching Association. Most recently, Bill has written 'Designing challenging reading strategies for students in the middle years' in Beyond the Reading Wars (Ed. Robyn Ewing), and has co-authored Language Works: Grammar in context, books 1–6, for Cambridge University Press.

National and international research consistently shows that students' learning plateaus in the middle years of schooling. One factor for this that teachers can readily address is the increased literacy demands of upper primary and junior secondary syllabuses. Students in these years need explicit teaching, guidance and support to enable them to read and write for an ever-increasing variety of purposes in order to meet the syllabus requirements in all subject areas.

This module will enable teachers to:

  • articulate the reading and writing skills and understandings required by students to access content and achieve syllabus outcomes in their subject areas
  • expand and enhance the teaching of the reading and writing required for learning in their subject areas, and
  • use a range of strategies to support and develop students' reading and writing skills.

Postgraduate credit value
.5 of EDPZ5010

Fees & registration
Details and online registration will be available here shortly.

Teachers may elect to redirect their professional experience mentoring payment towards the cost.

Upon completion of both modules that make up each unit of study, an additional fee applies when participants wish to take up postgraduate credit transfer, bringing the cost in line with standard school postgraduate unit of study fees.

For more information contact
Nina Goodwin | T: 02 9351 6329 | E:

Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards (previously NSW Institute of Teachers) Registered Professional Development
NSWIT Course Code TBA. This course will be endorsed as Institute Registered professional development for maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. Please provide your 6-digit Institute Number when you register if relevant.