How to teach multi-syllabic word reading and spelling

Guest presenter Dr Karen Smith-Lock (Curtin University) will present evidence-based techniques to teach the reading and spelling of multi-syllabic words.

Date May 4, 2018 - May 4, 2018
Time 9:00am - 4:00pm

About the workshop: 

This workshop will have three parts:

Part one 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 foster a solid understanding of how the English orthographic system works.

Part Two will discuss how to teach this knowledge to promote accurate and automatic decoding and spelling of multisyllabic words. 

Part three will discuss the importance of linking this knowledge to text comprehension and written expression, and how to explicitly make this link.

Workshop outcomes: 

  1. To understand the importance of accurate and automatic word decoding and spelling for reading comprehension and written expression
  2. To understand and apply the rules of syllable division
  3. To understand and apply the morphological analysis of words
  4. To understand teaching techniques for syllable division and morphological analysis
  5. To understand teaching techniques for 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.

​Dr. Smith-Lock is a speech pathologist, linguist and psychologist. She is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, and 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 to teachers and speech pathologists on teaching practices for oral language and literacy. Her research focuses on the acquisition of oral language, reading and spelling, and their disorders. She aims 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.

$500 per person (10% discount for enrolment in two workshops)