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Certificate Course for Educators: Learning Difficulties and English as an Additional Language and Dialect (CCE)



This course provides 33 hours of NESA accredited professional development over three weekends;

Our 2021 course dates have yet to be announced. Please register your interest on our 'CONTACT US' page.

Saturdays: 9am – 4pm ; Sundays: 9am – 3pm


Course venue:
St. Gregory’s College Junior School, Kieran Geaney Drive, Gregory Hills, NSW 2557 

Lin Meeks, PhD (Special Education) Sally Robinson-Kooi, PhD (TESOL)

This course is designed for

Teacher Specialists and mainstream primary-school teachers wishing to specialise in Learning Difficulties and/or English as an Additional Language and Dialect

Course participants will develop abilities relating to:

  1. the use of diagnostic assessment to inform program design (5.4.2) and to monitor student learning (5.1.2),
  2. the design and implementation of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, specifically targeting the ESL Scales, Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) (1.3.2),
  3. the provision of programs that meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities, and how to manage the differentiation of teaching and learning activities within the classroom environment (1.5.2)

In addition, course participants will increase their knowledge of:

  1. the content, and how to teach, the full range of sub skills necessary for the exemplary teaching of spelling, reading, comprehension and written expression (2.5.2);
  2. how to design teaching programs (3.2.2) and practice/teaching activities (2.1.2) that specifically promote student engagement and learning (3.2.2)
  3. the NSW English K-6 syllabus objectives and assessment requirements (2.3.2); and,

a variety of appropriate activities, resources and materials that engage students and support their learning (3.4.2)