Language Experience Mini-Course

Language Experience Mini-Course

$65.00 +GST

This online course is for you if:

  • you’re looking for small group practice outside of Guided Reading. 
  • you have heard of Close Reading but aren’t exactly sure what full-strength implementation is meant to look like. 
  • are wondering if there is a difference between close reading and cloze reading. 
  • have students in your class who struggle to engage with texts that aren’t at their reading level. 


Are you wondering what you can do with your beginning readers to get them started? 

This online course is for you if:

  • Your students need to understand the difference between spoken and written language.
  • Your students need opportunities to develop their language to express themselves.
  • You are looking for ways to model the connection between speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Your students would benefit from seeing their spoken word represented in a written form and then used as a source for reading.

The course:

In this self-paced online mini-course, Mardi Gorman and I: 

  • Look at why language experience (reading) is an effective instructional practice to support beginning readers.
  • Discuss the purpose of language experience and how it can be used as a small group practice.
  • Work through the structure of a language experience lesson.
  • Watch a language experience lesson in action.
  • Share some sample language experience texts that were produced with students.

This 1.5 hour online course starts as soon as you sign up and is divided into the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Module overview 
  • Lesson 2: Underpinnings of L.E.A.
  • Lesson 3: Why L.E.A? 
  • Lesson 4: Structure of the Lesson (Part 1) 
  • Lesson 5: Structure of the Lesson (Part 2) 
  • Lesson 6: Structure of the Lesson (Part 3) 
  • Lesson 7: Text Examples
  • Lesson 8: Sample Lesson
  • Lesson 9: Final Tips

This course is suitable for:

  • Pre-service teachers
  • Graduate teachers
  • Established teachers who want to start or strengthen Lit Circles in their classroom 
  • Literacy leaders and coaches

The details:

  • What: This self-paced online course includes a series of pre-recorded video lessons as well samples of different types of texts you could produce with your students.
  • Where: On the Oz Lit Teacher and Mardi Gorman course website (Kajabi) – you’ll get login details as soon as you purchase the course.
  • When: This course is available to start right now!
  • Time: Approximately 1 hour.
  • Cost: $ 65 +GST per person (with 5% being donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation) If you’d like an invoice so your school can pay, just send an invoice request to: and Shirl will let you know how to sign up.



T's & C's

Enrolment and Payment

Payments for Oz Lit Teacher and Mardi Gorman courses may be made via the secure PayPal link or through a school purchase order. (All purchase orders must be paid with 28 days of the invoice being sent).

Course Content

Course content and materials are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the consent of Oz Lit Teacher and Mardi Gorman. The course materials and content are for your individual use. Access to the online course is not to be shared with other people; they are for your own individual use only. Oz Lit Teacher and Mardi Gorman reserve the right to remove access to a course if they believe course access details have been shared or the course has been shown to a larger audience.

Course Access Length

You will have access to the course content for 6 months from the day you purchase the course.


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