Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading

Rod Campbell
English language and Literacy Specialist
Teach skills for improving clarity and effective use of content in imaginative, information and persuasive texts; improve student knowledge, skill and confidence.
Target Audience
Secondary teachers of English, or any subject that requires students to write reports, essays & lengthy connected texts. Useful for report writing.
41 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Teaching Cohesion is a companion course for Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary. Knowledge of cohesion and its use is important when writing whole texts, involving effective use of pronoun
referencing, text connectives, word meaning systems and paragraphing. This course will show how to teach effective use of the various systems of cohesion, and to develop skills for teaching students to write paragraphs for all major text types. The elements are presented within the frame of the Australian Curriculum: English, and a scope and sequence for their development across a whole school program will be presented. Participants will be shown how to implement school-wide teaching and assessment programs that will lead to improved results in writing.

Teaching elements of the language strand of the Australian Curriculum: English has to be implemented within a framework of literature and other texts used to inform, persuade, advise and entertain.


Secondary teachers of English, or any subject that requires students to write reports, essays & lengthy connected texts. Useful for report writing.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

You will receive a FREE copy of Rods latest text “Teaching English Grammar” valued at $40

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
31/07/2017 Online Places available $299 + GST Enrol Now
16/10/2017 Online Places available $299 + GST Enrol Now


Session 1: (a)Introduction to Cohesion (b) reference syst

2 hours

1. Introduction to cohesion

2. the elements of cohesion

3. pronoun reference/substitution

4. teaching pronoun reference

5. demonstratives and clarity

Session 2: Word substitution systems

2 hours

6. word substitution

7. lexical cohesion

8. avoiding repetition

9. word associations

10. synonyms/antonyms

11. class sets

12. referent strings

13. text connectives

14. logical sequence

15. conjunctions

16. ellipsis

17. effect of determiners

Session 3: (a) theme, paragraphs & uses of textual contrast

2 hours

18. theme prominence

19. paragraph writing for

various text types

19. using top level structure

20. headings and text


21. bringing cohesion together

22. formative assessment of

student development in writing

23. some hints for teaching

inferential comprehension

What To Bring

Participants are asked to provide samples of their own writing, and of their student’s writing, for the purposes of developing processes of assessment.

Participants are also asked to bring copies of texts that they use as models for teaching reading and writing.

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Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Brent Lowrey on 24/04/2017

The course was relevant to my teaching area and appropriate in terms of content and length, the course materials were useful, practical and generally easily accessed.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Renee Dwyer on 20/04/2017

This course wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be in regards to grammar, but it was informative, nonetheless.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Amy Cairns on 17/01/2017

The content really helped me to understand grammar and the function of cohesion within a text. Growing up in a generation that was not taught any grammar, I often struggled with providing a reason why something was incorrect. Now I can say why the cohesion does not work within a text rather than write ‘this needs to be made clearer’. I particularly liked the section on pronoun referencing which will really help with my marking and correcting of texts.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Michael Cunningham on 17/01/2017

I found the course content very useful with some great examples, a good mix of resources to draw upon for the purpose of my practice.

Overall course rating I would say is Excellent.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Jessica Jones on 04/01/2016

I found the course both interesting and insightful. The activities attached were interesting, but some were a bit difficult for the students.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Ashleigh Farrugia on 09/12/2015

Some of the readings were extremely worthwhile. The lesson ideas were a great way to put the new information into practice.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Alexandra Dunwoodie on 18/09/2015

An essential course to refresh your understanding of English grammar and how to best teach challenging ideas and concepts to a modern classroom.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by David Eassie on 27/04/2015

The course content was well structured and most informative, providing valuable insights into both the micro and macro elements required to teach cohesion for writing and reading effectively. The resource materials provided as part of the course were extensive and readily applicable.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Patricia Merz on 24/04/2015

Completing the course on Teaching Cohesion in Reading and Writing has been helpful in identifying weaknesses in students, coordinating targeted responses to these weaknesses, and assisting students to achieve a higher level of cohesion in their writing.

The targeted lessons and thorough explanations of English Grammar in the workbook are particularly helpful, and accessible to even lower ability students.

I found the course to be excellent, and have begun to apply some of the principles immediately.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading

The course provided me valuable information that expanded my own learning and allowed for me to use the teaching strategies within my classroom. The collegial discussions provided insight into how other schools teach cohesion.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Mirta Aguirre on 06/04/2015

An excellent course which is very well structured and easy to follow. Recommended to teachers in all levels of education.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Tamara Munro on 18/12/2014

I found this course easy to follow and the activities were clear and helpful to illustrate to students strategies that will help their writing flow. Rod Campbell was very quick to respond to forum feeds and very willing to provide additional support and suggestions

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Colette McCullum on 09/12/2014

Very useful in terms of making me think of new ways to approach old ideas and chunk them up to engage students.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Vesna Stojceva on 09/12/2014

Clear and engaging content; catering for literacy outcomes. Rod has been extremenly supportive; an enthusiastic approach was given to participants consistently.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Anna McKenzie on 08/12/2014

I found the course ‘Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading’ to be both interesting and practical. The readings broadened my knowledge of grammar and writing structures, and the suggested lessons were relevant for my classes. It was great to be able to read relevant content and then to be able to use it immediately in a classroom setting. I was grateful that the activities were accompanied by teaching notes. This, once again, made the content very practical in a classroom setting. I intend to incorporate the information and activities into my future teaching. Rod was a helpful and knowledgeable facilitator. I appreciated his feedback.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by anju mani on 08/12/2014

The course content was satisfactory as it helped give me a few new ideas about how to help students improve their cohesion writing skills.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Christine Masterfield on 20/10/2014

The information was very good and the sample lessons were helpful for the lower ability students in my class. As I mention in my comments, there were some issues with the higher ability students due to boredom. Some information to assist higher ability year 7 and students would be helpful as the information provided seem to suit mid to low year 7 and 8. Some of the resources provided were also good for helping senior students with structuring and analysing their work.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Catherine Hicks on 08/10/2014

I felt that this course was very helpful in some aspects. The information provided was very useful and I found it improved my teaching methods as well as helped my students. I thought that the activities were a bit limited and had difficulted integrating some of them into my regular classes. Overall, I got a lot out of this course and the information provided.

Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading
by Esther Dharmanto on 06/05/2014

As a teacher of Academic English teaching international students who are going to study at an Australian university, equipping them with skills in reading and writing (in English) is paramount. Among the challenges the students face is cohesion, both in recognising the cohesion markers in texts they read so that they could fully understand them and in ensuring cohesion in their writing by applying the necessary tools. The course ‘Teaching Cohesion for Writing and Reading’ provides useful and applicable ways to teach cohesion for both language skills. In addition, the materials can be easily adjusted to meet the level and need of different students (in this case international students).
Rod Campbell has been helpful, available for consultation when needed. It might be more difficult to complete the course on-line compared to a face-to face PD where discussion with other participants and workshop could be done and discussed in-situ. Finding time to do the course on-line is also an issue. However, the on-line course lends an opportunity to prepare and conduct trial lessons with students.
Thank you, Rod, for preparing the course and for being an excellent facilitator.

Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney
by Veronica Trainor on 15/12/2013

Thank your for your resources for this course. I have enjoyed trying out the activities and they have proved most valuable to my particular students and teaching needs. I am in the process of writing a course for a new literacy elective that is being introduced to Year 9 students at my school for 2014. It is aimed at students who have been identified as having particular literacy needs or who require extra support with text and basic grammatical structures. For this reason, I found the info on ‘Assessing writing’ very useful in the way it encourages self assessment and independence through learning reoutines for self-editing and controlling the use of different text types. Encouraging the use of and understanding of metalanguage is also an area or need relevant to our new course. The other documants provided have also given me a starting point for introducing and/or reinforcing various grammatical structures.
I currently teach a low-ability Yr 8 class and with them tried out activities such as the pronoun referencing task – I appreciated the structure of this and found it easy to adapt to our class work. We were completing a Media Studies unit and so I used the Medusa’s Tentacles task as a starting point. As well as being of value to their learning, students found the text engaging and it led to lots of interesting discussion about the environment and Greek mythology! Students found the vocab challenging but this also led to spelling lists/tests (which, strangely, this particular class love). I then used the structure as a scaffold and adapted it to a class activity on another newspaper report on the RSPCA. What was especially successful about this activity was the controlled and specific nature of the questions, offering the students opportunities for success that such a class does not always experience with open ended questions/activities.
Thanks again for the resources and information – a valuable course!

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.