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Course Description

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Practical Reading Strategies explores six research-based strategies for engaging students in reading and improving their reading skills: 

  • Making Connections
  • Visualising
  • Questioning
  • Inferring
  • Summarising
  • Synthesising

The book was developed as a result of a Department of Education and Training funded Community of Practice which studied what happens 'behind the eyes' of good readers.

This course includes a detailed discussion of all six strategies plus examples of classroom activities which are suitable in any subject area where students are required to read.

Target Audience

Secondary school teachers and leaders in any faculty who are looking to improve reading outcomes for their students.

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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"An excellent PD session - this is one of the most usable and engaging workshops I have ever done. "

- Gill Downes, The Armidale School

"This was the best quality and most relevant course I have done through the TTA! Very practical (as the name suggests) and fresh ideas!"

- Alex Mascarenhas, Stella Maris College

"Provided excellent strategies for improving reading"

- Shalini Sinha, Wellington High School

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • 1. Introduction and Background to the Strategies v2

    • Reflection Questions

  • 2


    • The Six Reading Strategies and Example Activities - Part 1

    • Reflection Questions

    • The Six Reading Strategies and Example Activities - Part 2

    • Reflection Questions - Part 2

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

  • 3

    Implementing the Strategies

    • 3. Using The Strategies Across The Curriculum v2

    • Reflection Question

    • Suggestions for Collaboration

  • 4

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

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

Completing Practical Reading Strategies will contribute 1.5 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.



Leon Furze

Leon Furze

Leon Furze is an experienced educator, consultant and educational writer. He is the author of numerous English textbooks and study guides, including Practical Reading Strategies. He was a director of Learning and Teaching and a head of English before that.

Currently, Leon is studying the implications of generative artificial intelligence for education for his PhD and works directly in schools advising on AI policy and staff professional learning.

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