Effective Reading Suite

Provides K-2 teachers with opportunities to support the practical application of the evidence based teaching of reading.


Teachers will explore how oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension are all necessary for effective reading instruction. There will be a focus on the systematic and explicit teaching of phonics..


  • Primary Early Stage 1
  • Primary Stage 1
  • EAL/D Teacher

Effective reading: phonics


As a companion to the literature review 'Effective Reading Instruction in the Early Years of School' (2016), the focus is exploring how phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and oral language are all necessary for effective reading instruction.

This course includes six modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: The Big Six with Deslea Konza
  • Module 3: Planning for learning
  • Module 4: Quality Phonics Instruction
  • Module 5: Text selection
  • Module 6: Summary.

Completing this course will help you to:

  • reflect and implement evidence based reading practices, with an understanding of the necessary components of effective instruction
  • plan, assess and differentiate effective systematic and explicit phonics instruction, within a reading program
  • explore how systematic and explicit phonics instruction looks in the classroom and the resources needed for success..

Effective reading: Phonological awareness eLearning


Providing teachers with an opportunity to explore the practical application of the evidence-based teaching of reading. The course focus will be dedicated to exploring specifically the what, why and how of phonological awareness in order to plan, assess and implement systematic and explicit phonological awareness instruction.


This course includes four modules:

  • Module 1: Connecting Phonological awareness to the reading process
  • Module 2: Understanding the phonological structure of spoken words
  • Module 3: Determining the learning needs for instruction in phonological awareness skills
  • Module 4: Planning for explicit and systematic instruction of phonological awareness skills.

Completing this course will help you to:

  • explore the evidence-based research related to learning to read
  • develop an understanding of elements of the reading process
  • develop an understanding of the importance of oral language in developing phonological awareness.
  • learn how phonological awareness skills increase in complexity
  • use the teaching and learning cycle to support decisions about what students need to learn
  • understand why the explicit and systematic teaching of Phonological awareness skills is essential for effective reading instruction
  • consider further teaching strategies and considerations for supporting student development of strong phonological awareness skills.

Fluency on Teams Blended learning


Focused on the what, why and how of fluency and its important role in effective reading instruction. Teachers will be given opportunities to gain an understanding of how fluency can be explicitly taught, and the strong relationship to the other components of effective reading instruction.

The online course includes four modules:

  • Modules 1 and 2 are facilitated live sessions.
  • Modules 3 and 4 are self-paced learning.

Completing this course will help you to:

  • explore the important role that fluency has in the reading process
  • define fluency and understand the components of fluent reading
  • assess fluency in the classroom to identify the needs of your students
  • investigate teaching strategies to apply effectively into your classroom practice
  • explicitly teach and plan for quality fluency instruction in the classroom.

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