About the course

Course outline

This course includes two online workshops, and an optional four-week online module. The self-paced module is in the form of a community of professional learning and takes a minimum of one to two hours of engagement per week. 

Participants will have the opportunity to practise and reflect on the new learning and exchange experiences and ideas with each other and the facilitator. 

Learning outcomes

In this course you will learn how to:

  • teach decoding and spelling strategies to your learners
  • define the relationship between decoding and spelling
  • explain why English spelling is so complex
  • identify what good decoders and spellers do
  • apply cultural values in your teaching.

You will have the opportunity to practise teaching the strategies and refine your approach. 

Topics covered

Decoding and spelling are inextricably linked as they are built on the same foundation. They reinforce each other. Decoding and spelling are the foundations of literacy and teaching decoding and spelling strategies can be the key to reading and writing success for your learners.

Who is this course for? 

This course is recommended for more experienced teaching and learning support practitioners seeking to extend their understanding and practice.

About the facilitator

Annette Tofaeono has worked as a Literacy and Numeracy Subject Matter Expert and has conducted research, and developed a qualification, in literacy difficulties.

Ako Aotearoa badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Public course dates will be listed below when available.  Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation. 

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

In response to the current challenges of delivering “face-to-face” events, our range of PLD is delivered online - workshops and courses, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development (currently online only until further notice)
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget. 
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from! 
  3. Ako Talks and webinars
    These online sessions deliver bite-sized information about current topics of interest to educators. Dates and topics are announced on social media and in our Community section and monthly e-news.