Teaching vocabulary to improve reading comprehension

Teaching vocabulary to improve reading comprehension

Our high-quality MQ Reading Clinic workshops are now being brought online!

This workshop will be a live, interactive webinar that includes lecture-style presentation, breakout group-work, and practical activities.

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Presenter:  Dr Danielle Colenbrander (Macquarie University)

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Date: Friday 7th August 2020

Location: Australian Hearing Hub Macquarie University

Early bird cost: $400 per person - register by the 3rd of July to receive this discounted offer!

Standard cost: $490 per person (discounts apply for multiple enrolments, MQ staff, & students)

Course materials: A course workbook including all materials will be provided prior to the start of the workshop. Each participant will need to have their own computer or tablet with internet access so that they can access the live webinar.

NESA Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute to 6 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development addressing 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 6.4.2 and 2.5.2 from Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Description of workshop:

Dr Danielle Colenbrander will present a one-day workshop on evidence-based methods for teaching vocabulary knowledge to primary school aged children, where the ultimate aim is improving reading comprehension. This workshop is designed to complement the workshop “Understanding Reading Comprehension: From Research to Classroom,” but attendance at that workshop is not a prerequisite.

About the speaker:

Dr Danielle Colenbrander is interested in relationships between spoken language, reading aloud and reading comprehension. She trained as a speech language pathologist at Macquarie University before completing her PhD exploring the role of oral vocabulary in reading comprehension difficulties. She has run studies on reading instruction, vocabulary instruction and morphology instruction, which involved working with teachers and pupils from over fifteen primary schools in Australia and the UK.

About the workshop:

Session 1 will focus on understanding the role of vocabulary in reading comprehension, and current evidence for effective vocabulary instruction.

Sessions 2 and 3 will be practical sessions focusing on how to successfully deliver vocabulary instruction, including how to adapt instruction to different settings and age groups, and how to incorporate morphology instruction.

Session 4 will be a practical and theoretical session focusing on assessment of vocabulary knowledge .

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, attendees should have a clear understanding of:

  • current research on vocabulary instruction
  • how vocabulary knowledge relates to reading comprehension
  • how to teach vocabulary knowledge to children in one-on-one, small group or whole class settings

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

This workshop will be useful for primary school teachers, special education teachers, speech language pathologists, and anyone working with children who have reading or language difficulties. Attendance at the workshop “Understanding Reading Comprehension: From Research to Classroom” is recommended but not essential.

Preparation before the workshop:

Attendees who choose not to attend the related workshop “Understanding Reading Comprehension: From Research to Classroom” on the 30th of July, will be asked to complete some pre-reading on relevant aspects from the comprehension workshop (note that only a small portion of material from the comprehension workshop will be covered in the pre-reading).

Each participant needs to have a tablet or computer with internet access. Participants will be sent instructions on how to access the Zoom video conference application, which should be downloaded ahead of time.

Getting there:

Given the current physical distancing guidelines and restrictions on large group gatherings, MQ Reading Clinic is now hosting its professional development workshops as live webinars via the application Zoom. This means that each participant will be able to attend this live presentation from the comfort of their own homes.

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: 2 weeks before workshop.

Current MQ staff and MQ full time 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: 27 May 2020 8:03pm

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