english teaching toolkit

 In a 10-year career, English teachers will teach over 20,000 hours of face-to-face English to secondary students. And that’s excluding programming, lesson preparation and resource development.

Join Garry Hol is a 25 year veteran (and counting) of all things English in the classroom to assist in your preparation for your 2023 program. Garry will provide a wide range of programmed units, advice, lesson outlines and text resources designed to be implemented so that you can have time to do what matters most: improving your classroom practice. This Cornerstone course will help you feel confident in guiding their students through English in the junior secondary years.

$360 (+GST)

In this course you will learn

Session 1: Teaching English 

  • English is a “Gatekeeper” subject, not just a literacy subject
  • English can activate other subject learnings and skills
  • English in education is what the Renaissance was all about
  • Theme and personal based approach

Session 2: Programming

  • King of Shadows – Susan Cooper (Stage 4)
  • Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (Stage 4)
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare (Stage 5)
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding (Stage 5)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Stage 5)

Session 3: Texts that inspire

  • Resource with one hundred texts to inspire
  • Lesson plans and ideas for most of the texts

Session 4: Assessment

  • Keys for best practice formative and summative assessment
  • Examples of outcomes-based assessment tasks



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About Garry

Garry Hol has been teaching English to secondary students through eight Prime Ministers, five FIFA World Cups and three NSW Curriculum rewrites – which means he has seen it all. He has also taught and led departments in five NSW high schools (Govt, Catholic and Independent), lectured hundreds of HSC students, written study guides, run courses for English and HSIE teachers and played 120 first grade rugby league games for the Dapto Canaries. These days, Garry’s interest is focused on providing the very best resources and evidence-based teaching strategies to Australian teachers, recognising the hours that are spent by teachers in developing and writing programs and lessons. He currently teaches English and HSIE at St Phillip’s Christian College Port Stephens and has recently returned to Cornerstone after a long Covid absence.