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Course Description

Many teachers (primary and secondary) received little instruction in the teaching of spelling in their teacher training. Some received minimum spelling instruction in their own primary and secondary education. Consequently, they are not best equipped to teach students the skills they need to improve their spelling in daily writing or to perform optimally in the Language Conventions section of NAPLAN. 

This course equips teachers with the understanding they need to have of the spelling process and the components of spelling. It provides strategies for identifying spelling needs and responding to these. That response includes the teaching of phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondences and the rules that govern them, word study (incorporating grammar, semantic knowledge, morphology, etymology). It also includes the teaching of memory and proofreading skills. One of the greatest challenges for teachers is differentiating instruction to cater for a wide range of needs.

One of the greatest challenges for teachers is differentiating instruction to cater for a wide range of needs. The course suggests ways of differentiating content, process and product, with specific activities and programs described in detail.

This is a very practical course, with teachers asked to undertake a range of activities that give them practice in using important instructional skills.


This course is designed for any teacher, primary or secondary, who wants to develop the skills and understandings needed to improve the spelling performance of a student.

Teaching Standards

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities: Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

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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$1250 + GST - Team Enrolment

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

Completing Improving Daily Spelling and NAPLAN Results will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 1.5.2 and 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to Improving daily spelling and NAPLAN results

    • Course Objectives

  • 2

    Module 1: Spelling skills are important

    • Is spelling accuracy really important?

    • What I already know

    • Downloadable Glossary of Spelling Terms

  • 3

    Module 2: What the spelling of English words involves

    • What you need to know about the English spelling system

    • English Spelling Powerpoint

    • The Spelling Process

    • Spelling Test

    • The components of spelling

    • Reflection Activity

    • Developmental Stages of Spelling

    • Spelling sample - Extended Writing

    • The Students Likely To Struggle With Spelling

  • 4

    Module 3: The assessment of spelling skills

    • What you need to know - knowledge, skills and strategies

    • Formal and informal assessment

    • Analysing spelling errors

    • Spelling Analysis Sheet

    • NAPLAN - analysing the words

  • 5

    Module 4: Developing phonological and phonemic awareness

    • What is your phonological and phonemic awareness?

    • Using phonological and phonemic awareness skills in spelling

    • Reflection: Phonological Awareness activities in your Spelling program

  • 6

    Module 5: Teaching letter-sound correspondences and the rules that govern them

    • The features of synthetic phonics instruction

    • The features of synthetic phonics programs

    • Using a sound chart

    • Pseudo-words to spell

    • Consolidating GPCs with activities

    • The rules of English spelling

    • Reflection Activity

    • Proofreading

  • 7

    Module 6: Teaching students how to study words

    • Components of word study

    • Word Study Lesson

    • Word Study Programs

    • Word Study activities

    • Word Study Task: Implementing an activity

  • 8

    Module 7: Differentiating content, process and product

    • Personalising spelling lists

    • Reflection Activity

    • Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic consolidation activities

    • Programs for struggling spellers

    • More Spelling activities - games, electronic and extension

    • Spelling Instruction in Secondary School - OPTIONAL for Primary School Teachers

  • 9

    Module 8: Reflection and Action

    • Applying new knowledge

  • 10

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback


Shirley Houston

Shirley Houston

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She travel, reading and music.

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