How to teach multi-morphemic and multi-syllabic word reading and spelling

  • 09:00 AM
  • MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre
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Guest Presenter: Dr Karen Smith-Lock (Curtin University, Perth)

Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Date: Monday 1st July 2019

Location: MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

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

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

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


Description of workshop:

This 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 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.


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:

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


Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Go to Macquarie University Reading Clinic website for more information on transport, parking and cancellation policy

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