Understanding reading comprehension: From research to classroom

Understanding reading comprehension: From research to classroom

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: Thursday 30th July 2020

Location: Live on Zoom

Early bird cost: $400 per person - register by the 25th of June 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 approaches to reading comprehension instruction, with a focus on the role of oral language skills.

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:

Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on theories of reading comprehension, the skills underlying reading comprehension, and the complexities of reading comprehension assessment.

Sessions 3 and 4 will be practical sessions focusing on methods of instruction that develop and capitalise on the links between spoken language and reading comprehension.

Workshop outcomes:

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

  • the skills and knowledge underpinning reading comprehension
  • the complexities of reading comprehension assessment
  • evidence-based methods of teaching reading comprehension 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. This workshop is designed to be followed by "Teaching vocabulary to improve reading comprehension", which is being held on the 7th of August 2020, but can be attended on its own as a single day workshop.

Preparation before the workshop:

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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