Literacy and English teaching resources

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Victorian teaching and learning model

The Victorian teaching and learning model brings the framework for improving student outcomes (FISO) into the classroom. It creates a line of sight between the whole-school improvement approach and classroom practice.

For the components of the model, see the improve your teaching section.

The section includes:

  • practice principles for effective teaching and learning
  • the pedagogical model
  • high impact teaching strategies
  • Amplify: empowering students through voice, agency and leadership.

Primary Connections

Primary Connections is a curriculum and professional learning resource linking the teaching of science and literacy. PrimaryConnections provides curriculum units that support science teaching from Foundation to Level 6.

Each unit describes outcomes, step-by-step lessons, equipment required, and links to additional resources, assessment tasks, background information, and resource sheets.

FUSE (Find, Use, Share, Education)

FUSE English includes informative and engaging teaching materials.

Reading difficulties and dyslexia

This resource has been developed for primary and secondary teachers to build their knowledge and understanding of reading difficulties and dyslexia.

Evidence base

NRP report: an important meta-analysis on the teaching of reading is the Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and its Implications for Reading Instruction (2000), commonly known as the National Reading Panel (NRP) report.

The NRP research on how children learn to read was supported by an inquiry in Australia in 2005 called The Australian National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy (the NITL report, Department of Education, Science and Training, 2005).

The Victorian Curriculum F-10

The Victorian Curriculum F-10: English sets out English learning during the first eleven years of schooling.

Nationa​​l Literacy and Numeracy Week

​​National Literacy and Numeracy Week is an Australian Government initiative that runs in partnership with state and territory governments.

During the event, many schools and early childhood services hold creative, fun and stimulating activities to explore literacy and numeracy.

See the National Literacy and Numeracy Week website for national activities.

cap that! is a program supported by National Literacy and Numeracy Week. It asks teachers to turn on captions in schools for the literacy benefit of all students. Captions are available on DVDs, online videos and TV programs and are an easy way to boost literacy and inclusion in every classroom.  For more information and a free Captions Champion Kit, see cap that!.

English as an additional language

These EAL teaching strategies give practical ways of supporting the English learning of EAL students. Each of the listed strategies identifies:

  • the mode/s on which it is focused (speaking and listening,reading and viewing,writing)
  • the EAL stages for which it is most useful
  • its purpose
  • the steps involved in using it
  • how it is particularly helpful for EAL students.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) companion to the Victorian curriculum

We're working with the VCAA to develop the Victorian Curriculum F–10 English as an Additional Language (EAL).

It will be aligned to the new Victorian Curriculum F–10 English and contain all the same components as all the other learning areas and capabilities.

Literacy partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP) provides funding to not-for-profit organisations to deliver programs to improve student achievement, engagement, health and wellbeing and/or teacher capacity. The SPP includes an English and Languages group with several professional learning and student engagement programs.

This group includes partnerships in language and literacy: 

Classroom Promotion of Oral Language (CPOL) 

The Classroom Promotion of Oral Language (CPOL) study is an evaluation of a teacher professional learning intervention targeting oral language promotion in the classroom. The intervention is delivered at Prep and Grade One and the CPOL trial aims to determine the impact on student language, literacy and mental health by Grade Three.

CPOL is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute, The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Deakin University, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. CPOL commenced in 2014 and 72 schools across both the Catholic and government education sectors have been targeted for the study.