Beyond phonics: Teaching multisyllabic word reading and spelling for all ages

Beyond phonics: Teaching multisyllabic word reading and spelling for all ages

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Guest Presenter: Dr Karen Smith-Lock

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Date:  POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE  (new workshop date TBA)

Location: Australian Hearing Hub Macquarie University

Early bird cost: $350 per day

Standard cost: $420 per day (discounts available for multiple enrolments, MQ staff, and MQ students)

Catering: Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided

Course materials: A course workbook including all materials will be provided on the day.

Level: Proficient Career Stage. Stage(s): All stages.

NESA Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute to 12 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development addressing 6.2.2, 6.4.2 and 2.5.2 from Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Description of workshop:

This two-day workshop will present evidence-based techniques to teach the reading and spelling of multisyllabic words.

About the speaker:

Dr. Smith-Lock is a speech pathologist, linguist and psychologist. She has held lecturer and research positions in psychology and speech pathology. She is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University and the Director of KSL Language & Literacy, which provides clinical services to children with oral language and literacy difficulties. Dr Smith-Lock has extensive experience working with school-aged children with language and literacy needs both in schools and in private practice. She regularly provides professional development workshops and one-on-one coaching to teachers and speech pathologists on teaching practices for oral language and literacy. Dr Smith-Lock combines research and clinical practice in order to understand the nature of specific language impairment and dyslexia, to establish an evidence base for their effective treatment, and to support the use of evidence-based practice in everyday practice.

About the workshop:

This two-day workshop will present evidence-based techniques to teach word reading and spelling across all ages and grades. We will start by developing an understanding of how the English writing system works and then explore evidence-based techniques for teaching the system to beginning and older readers.

This workshop will have four parts, over two days:

  1. Part one will begin to explore the nature of the English writing system and how to teach the link between oral and written word via phonemic awareness and explicit, systematic phonics instruction.
  2. Part two will discuss two key components of multisyllabic words: syllable division and morphological analysis. Participants will have opportunities for hands-on practice in syllable division and morphological analysis to further develop an understanding of how the English writing system works.
  3. Part three will discuss how to teach this knowledge to promote accurate and automatic decoding and spelling of multisyllabic words.
  4. Part four will discuss the importance of linking word-level knowledge to text comprehension and written expression, and how to explicitly make this link.

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, attendees should be equipped with better skills in:

  • understanding the importance of accurate and automatic word decoding and spelling for reading comprehension and written expression
  • teaching word reading and spelling with systematic, explicit phonics instruction
  • explicitly linking phonemic awareness to word reading and spelling teaching
  • teaching the rules of syllable division
  • teaching the morphological analysis of words
  • connecting word study to text comprehension and written expression

Who should/should not attend? Any prerequisites, assumed/required knowledge:

Attendees can be anyone involved in the teaching of reading or spelling, including primary and secondary school teachers, school administrators, speech pathologists and students currently studying these degrees.

Getting there:

The Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University is less than 20kms from Sydney's CBD and is easily accessible by car and public transport. It is located on the Macquarie University campus at 16 University Avenue. Secure on-site parking is available for attendees.

The workshops will be held on the third floor of the Australian Hearing Hub in Room 3.610 Marri Meeting Room. Take the elevators to the third floor, walk straight out and through the glass door marked 'reception.' The meeting room will be the first room on the left.

More details on how to get to the Australian Hearing Hub:

Cancellation policy:

1. If a registrant cancels before the registration deadline of 1 week before the workshop, 80% of the fee will be refunded. The remaining 20% will be kept as an administration fee.

2. No refund is available after the registration deadline. However, another person may attend in your absence. At the discretion of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, an 80% refund may be offered on production of a medical certificate.

Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Current MQ staff and full time MQ students are eligible for a discount. The MQ staff and student discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount.


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Content owner: Reading clinic Last updated: 15 Apr 2020 3:43pm

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