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Course Description

This course provides an in-depth look into the way that literacy skills are interconnected and can be taught in an integrated and effective way across the curriculum.

Just as literacy is intimately interwoven with language development, the various areas of literacy - reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing - are intertwined as well. Instead of teaching these skills in isolation from each other, this course highlights the benefits gained from an integrated approach to literacy learning.

It gives concrete examples of literacy lessons and opportunities for participants to experiment with creating their own lessons and activities.


The course is based around the Australian Curriculum and international research and is useful for educators of all years across the curriculum both nationally and internationally.

Teaching Standards

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies: Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

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"Good quality and well presented. I like the way it was broken down with examples and teaching strategies."

- Adrian O'Shea, Taylors College

"This course is terrific! It was effective in introducing what integrated literacy is and why it's important; it contextualises what integrated literacy really looks like in the classroom and provides various scenarios and informative clips to show you why and how it is used. It also highlights the significance of oracy, a concept that is often overlooked by teachers. The integration of oral and spoken language are central to students' learning, as much as reading and writing skills are. Therefore, emphasising oracy in the classroom is essential for equipping students for tertiary education and social mobility."

- Lina Dawoud, Teacher

"This course was very much in line with my beliefs about literacy, in the sense that it should be purposeful, meaningful and to be taught as a whole in connection with other subjects as well as interconnecting the elements within literacy. This course confirms and reinforces such convictions about learning literacy. Thank you."

- Premila Amaro, Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula School

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Meet the Presenter

    • Course Outline

    • Overview of the Course

    • Reflection Task

  • 2

    Module 2 - What is Literacy and why Integrate it?

    • What is Literacy?

    • Reflection on Literacy

    • Elements and Aspects of Literacy

    • Reflection Task - Why Integrate Literacy Skills?

    • Inter-connection between Literacy Skills

    • Research on the Interrelation between Literacy Skills

    • Reflection Task - How to teach in an integrated way

  • 3

    Module 3 - How to Integrate Reading and Writing

    • Models of Reading and Writing

    • Dual-Directional Approach

    • Reflection Task - TLC and Language Learning

    • More than just Modelling Texts

    • Text Structure

    • Text Cohesion

    • Cohesion from Reading to Writing

    • Writing to Reading

    • Summarising

    • Practice: Integrating Reading and Writing

  • 4

    Module 4 - How to Integrate Listening and Speaking

    • What is Oracy?

    • Reflection Task: Oracy Basics

    • Challenges of Teaching Oracy

    • How to Teach Oracy

    • Reflection Task - How to Teach Oracy

    • Tools for Teaching Oracy

    • Listening to a Presentation

    • Text Knowledge

    • Grammar and Word Knowledge

    • Giving a Presentation

    • Reflection Task: Presentations

    • Listen to a Spoken Recount

    • Produce a Spoken Recount

    • Reflection Task: Spoken Recount

    • Participate in a Group Discussion

    • Practice: Integrating Listening and Speaking

  • 5

    Module 5 - Other Connections between Skills

    • Speaking to Writing

    • Group Essay

    • Listening to Reading

    • Visual Literacy

    • Integrating all the Skills in One

    • Integrating Literacy across the Curriculum

    • Practice: Integrating Literacy between Skills and across the Curriculum

    • Reflection Task

  • 6

    Module 6 - Conclusion

    • Conclusion

    • Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Integrating Literacy Sklls will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptor 2.5.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Peter Gyulay

Peter Gyulay

Peter Gyulay is an educator, published author and practical philosopher. He has taught English to second-language learners since 2005 and English for Academic Purposes since 2009. For over five years, Peter taught English Foundation at Taylors College to students wishing to enter the University of Sydney. He is currently employed by the Australian Catholic University where he tutors Core Curriculum.

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