Language Experience Mini-Course

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.

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

  • 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-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: Final Tips

This course is suitable for:

  • Pre-service teachers
  • Graduate teachers (F-1)
  • Established teachers who want to start or strengthen their use of language experience to teach beginning readers
  • Literacy leaders and coaches

The details:

  • What: This is a self-paced online course. It 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! (You will have access to the course content for 6 months).
  • 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.

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