Assessing English Language and Literacy: Effective Classroom Practices

Rod Campbell
English language and Literacy Specialist
Assessing literacy is essential, and can be easy, efficient and effective. This course uses your skills and experience, together with my applications and experience, to...
Target Audience
Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, Heads of Departments, and school administrators

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This course provides teachers with detailed information, data analysis rubrics and assessment procedures for assessing the individual and whole class performance in writing, reading and spoken language. The systems also provide teachers with efficient and effective systems for meeting the achievement standards and content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: English (Foundation to Year 10), and may be implemented across a whole school. The assessment procedures are based upon the general capabilities for literacy across all subjects and year levels.


Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, Heads of Departments, and school administrators

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (QLD) at this time.


Session 1: Assessment of literacy and of general capabilities

45 minutes

introduction to assessment (brief)
glossary of terms
general capabilities: literacy Policy
introduction to forms of assessment

delivery as well as discussion and feedback

Session 2: Assessing spoken language to meet achievement standards

45 minutes

The achievement standards for spoken English
Pro formas for classroom practice in assessing student performance in spoken English
planning effective programs for developing student performance as speakers and listeners

Session 3: Assessing Student Reading

2 hours

introduction to reading theory (very brief review)
running records
using miscue analysis for selected students
locating individual student needs in word building
assessing reading comprehension
assessing inferential comprehension
assessing vocabulary knowledge

Session 4: Assessing student writing

No duration specified

assessing individual and class needs for planning the teaching of writing
Implementing FAST
assessing with rubrics and data analysis sheets
assessing student spelling needs

What To Bring

Participants are asked to bring notes about and samples of student reading and writing

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About the team

Rod Campbell


Finalist for the Professor Betty Watts Memorial Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Teaching 2015.

Rod Campbell has many years of experience in teaching across all areas of education, including secondary, primary, early childhood, special education, and university. He has specialised in teaching English, English literacy, curriculum theory and teaching practice in early childhood and primary, classroom research, and has worked with thousands of teachers in Australia and Asia. He is co-author of 17 texts on teaching English literacy and English grammar. “Literacy for the 21st Century” (2012 and 2015) has been one of the leading texts for teacher education in literacy since 2012. Rod has given more than 800 demonstration lessons in scores of schools in the last five years, and these experiences add life to the stories of his presentations in “ How to teach English”. His latest book Teaching English Grammar has already been taken up by many schools including Windsor State School.

In 2018, Rod became a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to education, particularly to literacy, as a practitioner, academic and author.