These podcasts explore evidence-based practices and focus on quality teaching of literacy and numeracy through a series of conversations.

Teachers talking about using decodable texts in the classroom

Year 1 teachers from Cronulla Public School talk about how they use decodable texts in their classrooms during guided reading sessions and for independent practice of the strategies that students are being taught [Duration: 16:03].

Listen to using decodable texts in their classrooms

Vocabulary for reading instruction

Listen to Dr Danielle Colenbrander chat to us about vocabulary for reading instruction [Duration 26:52].

Teaching spelling

In this conversation, Dr Tessa Daffern explains why an instructional approach for spelling should include phonological, orthographical and morphological word forms. Effective spelling instruction should be explicit and occur frequently from the early years of school [Duration: 21:10].

Student engagement

Eddie Woo discusses the importance of student engagement, and defines what this means, explaining the research and giving some practical advice [Duration: 23:54].


A conversation with Professor Anne Castles about the systematic and explicit instruction of phonics. Anne explains how phonics can support early reading acquisition, as a foundation skill that helps students learn to read [Duration: 28:17].

Oral language, phonological awareness and phonics

A two part discussion with speech pathologist Jane Beale

In part 1, Jane discusses how oral language is the system used for spoken words to communicate ideas, knowledge and emotions. It has a strong relationship to reading and writing and is recognised as a component of early reading instruction.

In part 2, the conversation moves into phonological awareness, and phonics and how these components work together for effective early reading and writing instruction.

Listen to a speech pathologist's view on oral language, phonological awareness and phonics

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