Term 3 intake NOW OPEN

Foray into Phonics

Cut through the confusion.

Begin your evidence-based reading journey now!


Foray into Phonics

Cut through the confusion. 

Start your evidence-based reading journey today!

Foray into phonics

Do you want to learn what the research really says about effective reading  instruction? 

Does this sound like you?

Do you find all the 'Balanced Literacy' vs. 'Science of Reading' arguments confusing?

Do you want clarity on what you should and shouldn't be doing in your reading lessons?

The good news is, I've read all the research, books and blog posts. I've also trialled all the learning in real classrooms with real kids.

And, now that I've done all the work for you, I've simplified all of the most important information and built it into this easy-to-follow self-paced course.


Gain clarity on what you teach

Learn how effective phonics instruction can either support, enhance or transform your current approach to reading instruction.



Help your struggling readers

Learn how to effectively diagnose the problems underlying reading difficulties so you can provide specific and targetted support to your struggling readers.


Update your practice

Learn what research says about reading instruction, so you can confidently implement the most effective approach for your students. 

Introducing Foray into Phonics


Hello There

My name is Riss Leung and I'm an Australian literacy consultant. I'm a former primary school principal, Teaching and Learning coach and Book Week judge. 

I believe literacy changes lives and my mission is to enable every student- irrespective of their postcode- to have access to the highest quality literacy instruction. 

A few years ago I challenged myself to step outside of my Balanced-Literacy comfort zone to foray into the world of effective phonics instruction. Back then, I wanted to know what research really said about effective reading instruction and learn if there were any tweaks or changes I needed to make to my instruction. 

It's fair to say that I found this journey challenging at times, but I'm so glad I was brave enough to get outside my comfort zone- all the students I work with are much better for it!

I created Foray into Phonics to gently guide you through your own phonics learning journey in a safe and nurturing environment (something I found missing when going through the journey myself).


Anne, School Principal

"If you want to know more about the evidence behind a structured approach to Literacy, then this is the course for you.

Riss is a knowledgeable and engaging presenter who shares research and strategies that might challenge your current beliefs, but will also answer the burning questions you have about the important components of teaching children how to read.

Foray into Phonics will give you clarity about the research into the most effective way to teach reading."

What's inside the Foray into phonics course

MODULE 1: Introduction

Take a short history tour comparing and contrasting past instructional reading approaches and learn about my Emergent Reader Building Block model.


Phonological Awareness

Learn all about phonological awareness: what it is, why it's important and how to teach and assess it. 



Learn all about what phonics is and what it isn't. Learn how to teach and assess phonics and tackle the good, bad and ugly of decodable texts.


High Frequency Words

Learn what research says about effective High Frequency Word instruction and hear about some  common misconceptions.



Learn the many links between fluency and comprehension. Build your knowledge on teaching and assessing its three major components. 


Vocabulary and Comprehension

Learn the critical components of comprehension instruction required for emergent readers.

What you'll get

  • An 8-week course with 7 modules of learning.¬†
  • One hour(ish) modules broken into a series of shorter pre-recorded lessons.¬†
  • Access to a new module of learning each week.¬†
  • A 1-hour live Q&A session.
  • 12 months access to the course.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for you if:

  • You're at the start of your evidence-based reading instruction journey.
  • Your school recently started implementing evidence-based instruction and you want confirmation that you're on the right track.¬†
  • You're open to tweaking / refining your current practices (and maybe even throwing some out!)¬†
  • You want to build your knowledge of a comprehensive approach to teaching beginning and/or struggling readers.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You're well down the track of your evidence-based reading instruction journey.
  • You're not willing to tweak or change your practices (irrespective of what the research says).¬†
  • You don't want to put the time and effort into watching the videos, doing the work or trialling the learning.
  • You want specific training on linguistics.



Rachel, Foundation teacher

"A hesitation I had about signing up was making sure I could fit it into my schedule. I was worried I would sign up with good intention about getting it done but it might fall to the wayside. Once I did the first module, I realised there was no risk of that happening as I couldn't wait for the next module to 'drop' and would look forward to it each Monday."


Michelle, F-6 Literacy leader

"I loved that it was so practical with not too much theory (because theory and research can get too much!) It was short, sharp and to the point, with just the right amount of everything. It was broken up into manageable chunks, and the best part, is that it is self-paced! "


Melissa, Foundation teacher

"I loved how detailed and in-depth the course went into the different factors around the science behind learning to read, and the throughlines that the 'science of reading' is much more than phonics, but that phonics is an integral and core element of learning to read, and that more prominence much be given to it in the early and junior years. I also loved how it was presented in the classic Riss style - knowledgeable, practical, and humourous when needed!"

All the details:

What: 8-hours of self-paced pre-recorded video lessons. The course is divided into 7 modules. Each module is approximately 1-hour long (Perfect for PLCs).

When: Term 3 intake opens July 14th (and starts July 22). We'll release one module of learning each week for 8 weeks after that. You'll have access to the course for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Price:¬†$270AUD + GST ($297 total) per person. If you'd like to enquire about large group discounts or pay in another currency¬†please email¬†[email protected]

Who: This course is perfect for pre-service teachers, classroom teachers and leaders who are at the start of their evidence-based reading instruction journey.

Other: 5% of all profits from Oz Lit Teacher courses go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Click here to sign up

Want to pay via school invoice?

No problems! Simply fill out the form below and we'll send you an invoice and get you signed up quick smart!

Frequently Asked Questions