Literacy across the curriculum

A Whole School Approach to Improving Literacy in all Disciplines

course overview

Facilitator: Emily Bosco

Date: By appointment

Venue: This is a whole staff course, run on-site at your school

Audience: All secondary teachers (Years 7-12)

Accredited Career Stage Level: Proficient Teacher (NSW)

NESA Accredited Hours: 6 hours and 45 minutes

Fee: $80 per staff member (GST inclusive)



For NSW teachers, completing Literacy Across the Curriculum course will contribute 6 hours and 45 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 1, 2, 3, and 5 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Course Description

The progressive development of literacy skills is essential for success in all learning areas, and is the responsibility of all teachers. As such, this course focuses on practical teaching strategies and activities for helping students to develop critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.

Who should take this course?

  • All Secondary teachers (Years 7-12) who are interested in learning a variety of new hands-on tools that they can implement immediately in the classroom

  • Early career teachers who are looking to expand their instructional toolkit


SESSION 1: Content area literacy and disciplinary literacy

In this session, teachers will consider the distinction between content area literacy and disciplinary literacy. They will spend time considering the transferable literacy skills that can help students learn across subject areas, as well as the specific literacy skills students need to develop in order to learn effectively within a particular subject area. Teachers will then be invited to reflect on their own practice and begin to develop patterns of thinking for literacy in their academic discipline.

SESSION 2: Four Principles for Integrating Literacy Strategies within Key Learning Areas

In this session, teachers will learn how to integrate literacy strategies into the content they teach by following four principles for structuring lesson sequences. Following this demonstration, teachers will work in faculty groups to plan a lesson sequence for a specific topic that uses the four principles.

SESSION 3: making thinking visible through close reading

This session focuses on the practice of close reading; a practice that involves repeated reading of a text, with each reading episode allowing the reader to delve deeper into more complex aspects of the text. Teachers will learn protocols and thinking routines for practicing close reading, and spend time considering how these can be used and adapted for teaching content within their discipline.

SESSION 4: Accountable Talk: Asking for Clarification, Citing Evidence, and Responding to Others

In this session, teachers will learn: protocols for improving students’ ability to use discipline-specific language and group discussion protocols that encourage students to develop proficiency in accountable talk, and lead to positive interactions between students, and between students and their teacher.

SESSION 5: crafting academic arguments

In this session, teachers will learn strategies for improving the logic and cohesion of written arguments, before being given the opportunity to work in faculty groups to design a discipline-specific extended response/essay writing scaffold that supports their students’ literacy achievement by creating transparency in writing expectations.

SESSION 6: Using Feedback to improve literacy

In this session, teachers will learn protocols for teaching students how to provide each other with constructive feedback, and protocols for improving teacher feedback.

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