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Language for Life


By the end of the course you should:

  • Be able to define the six main parts of speech and show how they relate to one another in sentences,
  • Know how to teach all the parts of a dictionary to students,
  • Have an understanding of prefixes, bases and suffixes


For this course, you will need to print the following things:

  1. Your dragon picture
  2. The worksheet document
  3. Your word cards (and if you are going to run the lessons straight away, you will need to laminate these).

Important reminder

Don’t forget to download the PDFs from each section as you go. Together, they will become your course manual.


Lyn has written three books on the subject of literacy and language, supported by online courses too. The links below will take you to each book.

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17 thoughts on “Language for Life”

  1. Christine Bevans

    My name is Christine and I am the Principal of Meekatharra School of the Air (MSOTA) in Western Australia. MSOTA is a distance education school and some of the students live a 1000 km away. The MSOTA staff are completing this course in conjunction with the ‘Language for Life’ texts as part of the professional reading program. As a principal, I believe it essential that leaders attend the same training as the teachers in order to support student learning and speak the same language when discussing student progress. 🙂

  2. Lisa Capewell

    My name is Lisa Capewell and I am a Year 5/6 Teacher at Meekatharra School of The Air. I am reading the ‘Lifelong Literacy’ Book and doing this course as professional reading. I am interested in developing my student’s skills in literacy to improve their writing.

  3. Naomi Haynes

    My name is Naomi Haynes and I am the Support Teacher Learning (STL) at Meekatharra School of the Air. I am leading our professional reading of the ‘Language for Life’ text where we read sections of the text and implement the activities into our teaching. We also meet to discuss questions related to the text read and share how we have applied the knowledge to our teaching. I am interested in developing our students understanding of grammar and improving their writing at sentence level.

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    Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a special education teacher working in western Sydney. This year I’ve set myself a goal to learn more about linguistic comprehension. I’m quite confident when it comes to supporting students with decoding issues but I’d like to improve my skills on the other side of the SVoR.

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    Jillian Jefferies

    Hi, my name is Jillian Jefferies and I teach Kindy and Pre-Primary students at Meekatharra School of the Air. I am studying the book ,Language for Life and hopefully will be able to apply my knowledge to improve my lessons for my students.

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    My name is Angie. I am an AP Curriculum and Instruction at a regional school in Bathurst NSW. Over the past 12 months, I have benefited greatly from learning related to Spelling for Life. I am now looking forward to delving into the Language for Life learning journey.

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    My name is Laura, earlier this year I joined The Lifelong Literacy tutor team. I am excited to further develop my skills and understanding through Language for Life, allowing me to best support my student’s needs.

  8. Tameeka Rush

    My name is Tameeka and I am the principal at Beaufort Primary School. I attended Spelling for Life, with my whole staff, this year and walked away with a whole new way to view spelling. Can’t wait to see what I learn from Language for Life.

  9. Sharon de Castro
    Sharon de Castro

    I have read and worked through the book so it will be good to do this course and pick up tips along the way. I find that ideation is one of the hardest concepts for my students to grasp, but once they begin to understand the basics and how to add to this they begin to enjoy and actually want to write.

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