In-person workshops – structured approaches to literacy

We are holding in-person workshops for primary, intermediate and secondary ESOL teachers and teacher aides and mainstream secondary teachers in Terms 3 and 4, 2024.

  • Creative and fun teaching methods appeal to pupils, teachers and parents.
  • Research-proven methodology means guaranteed better results.

Courses for ESOL teachers will select from the following as required. Workshops are customised to suit the varied circumstances of English Language Learners (ELLs).

Early childhood – setting a literacy blueprint through phonemic awareness 

  • Te Whāriki – Communication – Mana reo strand
  • What is phonemic awareness?
  • How does this advantage children in their early years?
  • Alphabet letters and sounds – why it is so important for children to know the difference?
  • Exploring alphabet sounds in a systematic, fun way, including writing.
  • Encouraging letter-sound awareness through flash card presentation and games
  • Stimulating early phonological awareness – what strategies can be used?
  • Monitoring children’s progress through simple assessments.
  • How parents and caregivers can reinforce phonemic awareness
  • Conclusion – How does the above relate to Te Whāriki ?

(This course covers all alphabet sounds.)

Early primary – setting a reading foundation through Structured Literacy approaches – Part 1

  • What is structured literacy?
  • Why is this so beneficial for all learners?
  • Developing phonemic awareness – how can we make this fun?
  • Developing phonological awareness – what multisensory strategies can be used?
  • Encouraging letter-sound recognition through flash card presentation and games
  • Encouraging letter-sound recognition through writing activities
  • Blending of sounds(encoding) for early reading; and segmenting of sounds(decoding) for reading and spelling skills.
  • Developing reading comprehension skills
  • Building sequential word banks
  • Developing handwriting and writing fluency skills
  • How parents and caregivers can reinforce structured literacy

(This course covers the 44 basic sounds of the English language. Parts 2 and 3 will cover the many alternative spellings of these sounds and silent letters.)

Intervention for Older Learners- using Structured Literacy approaches to build reading confidence

  • General overview – structured literacy approaches– teaching strategies
  • Science of Reading – research and findings
  • Multi-sensory resources for older learners – actions, songs, flashcards, workbooks, videos
  • Applying early reading strategies with a mature focus
  • Extending reading comprehension and writing fluency skills
  • Diagnostic assessment of learner difficulties – general introduction
  • Assessment tools – testing for knowledge of :
    – basic 44 sounds – most common spellings
    – alternative spellings of long vowels
    – alternative spellings of short vowels, consonants and silent letters
  • Assessing reading comprehension and writing fluency skills.
  • Using assessment results to plan intervention strategy and timeline
  • Strategies for building learner self confidence
  • Ongoing phonic checks/ general reading and writing assessment

Additional focus for ESOL teachers – foundation, elementary, intermediate and advanced levels

  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Multi-sensory teaching strategies
  • Vocabulary development
  • Coded readers
  • Reading comprehension
  • Letters and sounds
  • Pronunciation – language interference
  • Language across the curriculum
  • Syntax and tense

In-person workshops – Structured Literacy approaches

Evidence shows that structured literacy approaches work for all learners. However, when it comes to implementation, one size does not fit all.  An Eagle English ‘in-person’ workshop will enable teachers and teacher-aides to start using structured literacy approaches in a confident and effective manner.

Eagle English provides a prior consultation with relevant staff to tailor PLD to suit the needs of your school, ‘home school’, centre, or other education institution. PLD includes a comprehensive workshop,  follow-up classroom support, and optional follow-up workshops.

In Terms 3 and 4, school-based PLD is available for primary, and secondary ESOL teachers in the Kapiti-Horowhenua and Wellington regions, by arrangement.

Online training

There is also online training for homeschooling and other interested parents/caregivers

Costs for all  workshops  include GST*

Initial consultation – phone, online or email………………Free


  • Participants are required to purchase the relevant teacher guide in advance.
  • Schools are required to provide a suitable room, equipment, and refreshments.                                                                                                                           (If this is not possible, additional costs will be incurred.)

Half day

$750 – up to 15 staff.
Extra staff $30 each

Full day

$1150 – up to 15 staff;
Extra staff $50 each

Follow-up classroom support

$150 per hour