Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Explicit language teaching

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher in her second year of teaching, uses individual learning plans to cater for students in her year 1 classroom. She uses a lesson on 'What is happening in the story?' to explicitly teach comprehension, chronological understanding, phonological awareness and pragmatics (ie social language use). The teacher uses differentiated teaching and personal feedback to reinforce learning and behaviour to students.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.6
Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
Career stage
Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.
  1. What strategies might you use to teach chronology to students with learning disabilities?
  2. In what ways can you maximise positive reinforcement and feedback?
Peel Language Development Primary School
Western Australia
Year level
Year 1
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Peel Language Development School opened in 2002 and is a purpose built specialist facility for early language intervention in Western Australia. The main campus is co located with Rockingham Lakes Primary School, with satellite classes co located at Mandurah, Glencoe, Pinjarra and Bungaree Primary Schools. The school places students K–3 who meet the entrance criteria, set by the Department of Education. Teachers participate in on-going professional development to keep abreast of current research and educational practice.

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