The High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) documents recommend collaborative learning, metacognitive strategies, and differentiated teaching as part of their ten research and evidence based inclusive teaching and learning approaches. Cooperative Learning strategies include the former three elements and encourage EAL students to become increasingly confident in participating actively in our classrooms.

We are preparing our students for jobs that may not yet exist. In today’s world, emotional intelligence and team work are highly sought after by employers. Cooperative learning strategies prepare our students to learn skills that will help them to work and contribute within a team.

This course will explore how to prepare our students to approach cooperative learning with a positive mindset. We will investigate effective strategies that create inclusion, active participation, and using higher order thinking skills.

This online course will allow you to:

  • RECHECK your mindsets about student engagement.
  • REVISIT existing knowledge about Cooperative Learning.
  • REFLECT how to use these strategies in various curriculum areas.

Course approach: Self paced.

Course length: Approximately 90 minutes.



This online course is suitable for professionals working in Catholic, Government, and Independent Primary or Secondary schools:

  • Early years educators
  • Classroom teachers
  • Specialist teachers
  • Education Support Officers
  • Pre-service, Graduates and Relief teachers 

What you need for this online course:

  • Access to a laptop/notebook or desktop device with internet connectivity and headphones.
  • Relevant resources from downloadable links provided.

Meet your Presenter ...

Boney Nathan has worked as an EAL educator for 33 years across multiple settings including International Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Malaysian and Australian public schools. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics, a Graduate Certificate in Education: International Baccalaureate (IB), and a B.Ed TESL (Hons). She lived in Western Australia for twelve years where she was a Deputy Principal and a Teacher Consultant for Classroom Management and Student Engagement Strategies with the Western Australian Department of Education. In 2015, she presented a workshop on Using Picture Books in the EAL Classroom at the Primary English Teaching Association (PEETA) conference in Perth.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2016, she has facilitated online International Webinars and face-to-face workshops for several educational organisations. She has also supported EAL students in the DET New Arrivals Program. Boney is currently an active member of the School Leadership Team at a public school in Melbourne in her position as the EAL Learning Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator. She is currently co-writing a step-by step Instructional Strategy Guide for teachers. Boney is passionate about growing EAL knowledge and teaching skills through sharing effective evidence-based practices.