With the changes in the National Curriculum, Foundation students (that is, Kindergarten NSW/ACT, Preparatory QLD/VIC/TAS, Pre-Primary WA, Reception SA and Transition NT), need to acquire early reading, spelling and writing skills.  This is new territory for the educators operating within this ‘Foundation’ phase of literacy instruction. We have many teachers ask the question about reading […]

In the recent WA Education Department report, which highlighted the success of PLD literacy programs, Louden asked the question  – what do high performing primary schools have in common. Louden’s research reported that seven of the nine high performing schools had adopted what the researcher referred to as ‘lower variation teaching’. Lower variation teaching is […]

During April and May 2015, Emeritus Professor Bill Louden investigated and prepared a case study report on the school operations and pedagogical practices in place in nine high performing primary schools as measured by NAPLAN. The intention of the investigation was to inform the Department of Education’s understanding of the conditions required for a school […]

Look-Cover-Say-Write-Check is a great strategy for children to learn new spelling words. In this PLD Literacy and Learning Insight, Diana Rigg discusses how to gain the maximum benefit from this technique. The video demonstrates how to slow down and focus children on the process. You may also wish to look at the following supportive products […]

In this PLD Literacy and Learning Insight, Diana Rigg discusses the use of technology by our children. Following a thought provoking article released in the West Australian Newspaper, communicating Telstra’s recent research on smartphone use in 3-17 year olds, Diana Rigg discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the proliferation and widespread adoption of technology by […]

Following on from our previous popular post on Teaching Spelling in Junior Primary is this new post on applying the concepts to Middle and Upper Primary. So welcome again to another PLD Literacy and Learning Insight – short 5 minute videos designed to assist the teaching of Literacy Development principles. Today’s Teaching Tip is about […]

Welcome to another PLD Literacy and Learning Insight – short 5 minute videos designed to assist the teaching of Literacy Development principles. Today’s Teaching Tip is about Teaching Spelling in Junior Primary and specifically – how to slow children down to ‘sound-out’ as they spell and write. Spelling is more difficult than reading. It is […]

This video clip provides a model of the pronunciation of each of the alphabet sounds with an Australian accent. The viewing of the clip aims to assist those working with children to articulate the best model of the common sound linked to each alphabetic symbol and thereby assist the transition to early reading, spelling and writing.

Perhaps the most common question we are asked by Teachers, Coordinators and Education Support Staff is how to go about implementing a Whole School Literacy Strategy within their school. We have recently updated our online publication “Implementing PLD resources within a ‘Whole School Literacy Strategy’ policy” which includes: An Individual Education Plan (IEP) for non-reading […]

Today on the PLD website we respond to a recent enquiry we received on the research that underpins the PLD range of teaching resources. The post contains information on and links to some of the research and resources that is the basis of the three step PLD Literacy approach.

We love getting such great feedback on the PLD literacy development program and its materials. The following testimonial demonstrates how even with poor student entry levels a quality program with quality instruction and delivery can still produce positive outcomes.

Today’s post is from a concerned parent looking to supplement her children's at school learning with additional at home learning resources. The post is useful in understanding how the PLD Learning Resources combine to form an evaluation and development system that is equally applicable to the classroom and the home.

Its great to know that you are having an impact, particularly on our new wave of teachers graduating each year. We were on forwarded this status update from the ECU M17 Class of 2010 – They saved the best for last! student Facebook group by the wonderful Dr Lorraine Hammond – Course Co-ordinator graduate diploma of education (primary), at the ECU school of education.

Have you seen The King’s Speech? Oral Language is one of the skill sets required for literacy so I was particularly interested in seeing the film. Based on the true story of the Prince of Wales prior to becoming King George VI, the story is centred on the problem of the Prince’s severe stutter. (In the UK they apply the term ‘stammering’). If stuttering is not treated by the onset of puberty it will never be cured but only managed at best.

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