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LLS - 101 Literacy Lifters for Senior Classes

Key ideas, activities and practices

About the Course

We trawled deep and cast the net wide, we both commissioned & created and now we deliver to you a treasure trove of material that will not only empower and embellish your literacy lessons, but lift literacy to new heights of engagement and achievement in the coming school year. 

Now how does one deliver a semblance of the creative and inspiring literacy lifting ideas that await within the course? I suppose a quick introduction to just one may be helpfully illustrative. Let’s take one that’s simply called ‘The Chair’!

The Chair
Not any old chair, but ‘An Author’s Chair’ …… or it could be the ‘Seanchaí’s Chair’, the  Poet’s Chair, the Storytelling Chair, the Historian’s Chair, The Musician’s Chair, the Share Chair etc.

What might this chair look like, this chair that has pride of place in your classroom, doing its bit for curriculum and learning? 

Here are some ideas to get you visualising what ‘the chair’ could possibly look like! Perhaps consulting with the class and giving them input and a forum for making suggestions will establish ‘buy-in’ from them and a feeling of ownership, of this chair being theirs.

Ideas for ‘the chair’ Pinterest always throws up a suite of images, and we all know that a good image is worth ‘a thousand words’, it would be difficult to truly describe the look of some of these chairs!

What the chair looks like is one thing, but its power and value is what happens when children sit on it.

It could be a ‘Share Chair’, where children share something personal with the class e.g. recount of a trip or a typical evening after school, likes, dislikes, pets, hobbies etc. It could be the ‘Author’s Voice’ where children take their seat and read aloud a piece of their own self-created work to the rest of the class, be that a story, a poem, a reflection, whatever. It could be ‘A Voice from the Past’, and in this case a child becomes a person from history and returns to talk to the class e.g. a poet, a writer, an inventor, a scientist, a mill owner, a farmer etc. They sit into the chair and become the person from the past, taking the class back in time and talking in the present moment. To take on such a role, the children would need to have researched and studied that person from the past. It could be ‘The Poet’s Chair’ where a child who has written a poem takes the opportunity to deliver it to the rest of the class. It could be the ‘Storyteller’s Chair’ where a child chooses to retell a story, be that a funny, scary or moral story such as an Aesop’s Fable. It could be the ‘Quiz Chair’ on Friday’s when children assume the chair to be quizzed by classmates on topics from the work of the week. How about ‘The Spelling Chair’ where others fire words to be spelled at the child in the ‘hot seat’.  Remember that black chair from ‘Mastermind’? 

These are just some takes on the traditional view of what is more commonly viewed as ‘The Author's Chair’, so let’s now look at that in a little greater detail. Well, unfortunately space here does not permit further treatment and revelation on this singular item, but do join the course for the rest of ‘The Chair’ story, just 1 of 101 Literacy Lifting ideas! Others include:

  • Book Buzz
  • Crazy Comics
  • Story Telling Cubes
  • BYOBs – (Bring Your Own Books)
  • Once Upon a Fairy Tale
  • My Memory Book
  • Poets Corner
  • The VAK Approach
  • Unpacking Poetry
  • Monologues Get in Front of the Camera

Across the course we share some of our best literacy teaching tips and ideas to help you improve and empower your teaching techniques. From using clever pointers while reading to engaging students through acting, there are ideas that will help push your literacy teaching skills to the next level. 

Not only that, but wait until all teachers attending the course begin sharing their own ‘Literacy Lifting Gems’ within the ‘Teacher Share’ area of the discussion forums. That 101 could become 201, or 301 – the sky’s the limit! Exciting.

Enrol with us today and let the countdown begin …….5,4,3,2,1… blast-off literacy! 


The online format of this course enables you to study at a time and place that best suits your own needs. 

You can access your course anytime until February 28th 2023.

Within this highly interactive web based course, a dynamic learning experience awaits, where you can interact with your fellow course participants through the in-course chat forums and communication tools provided by the CPD College learning system. 

Our friendly and knowledgeable tutors actively support each course, providing expert interaction, guidance and feedback for all participants on chat questions and assignments which call for critical reflection, self-analysis and a reasoned response. 

On successful completion of your course, you can download and print off your CPD record and certificate of completion.

We look forward to welcoming you to your course.

Learning outcomes

This course aims to:

  • Outline and detail 101 things teachers can do to give literacy an added lift in the senior classes
  • Equip teachers with evidence-based approaches and strategies to build literacy skills
  • Explore and outline oral language development activities
  • Supply approaches, strategies and ideas towards progressing reading skills development
  • Share practices, tips and skill building tasks for writing 
  • Specify some approaches to spelling skills and vocabulary development
  • Equip teachers with a suite of assessment approaches in senior classes e.g. AoL & AfL
  • Showcase how digital tools and software can help support literacy teaching and learning
  • Review research/literature/writings to extrapolate good literacy practice points
  • Look at one’s own ‘Teacher Practice in Literacy’ as part of the SSE process.
01 - Good literacy practice: We explore and detail effective evidence-based teaching approaches that deliver for literacy as per the new language curriculum requirements; including modelling, prompting, formative feedback etc. all happening within a classroom strongly promoting literacy. Complete a detailed self-evaluation audit across 23 points of practice.
02 - Oral language: We cover a variety of spoken texts, skills and rules while exploring oral reports, storytelling, giving instructions, poetry, drama, language games and more.
03 - Reading strategies: We provide ideas around motivating readers, fostering enjoyment, the six-step approach to a reading lesson, instructional strategies for reading, questioning, comprehension, fluency and other key reading pointers, including the place for ICTs.
04 - Writing skills: Provision of ideas that foster the impulse to write using stimulating tasks and across genres & STEM projects, while paying attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation and good use of vocabulary, all overlaid by continuous and judicious assessment techniques.
05 - Vocabulary, spelling and assessment: Activities to expand and build a rich vocabulary, judicious usage of same, along with a suite of ideas for developing strong spelling skills within a quality spelling programme. We also detail the opportunities and need for good regular assessment in literacy.

"This was a well-structured course with very appropriate information delivered in a nice way. Lots of brilliant ideas and insights to inspire literacy activities in my class."  Suzanne, 2021