Language & Vocabulary for Upper Primary and High School Teachers

  • 09:00 AM
  • Parramatta Leagues Club, 1 Eels Road, Parramatta
  • 02 9739 6277



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Time                                       Workshops

8.15am – 8.45am                Registration and arrival refreshments

8.45am – 9.00am                Opening

9.00am – 3.30pm                DR JULIA STARLING and  ANNETTE GUTERRES


Dr. Julia Starling is a speech-language pathologist, and president of the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW’s Management Committee. She has a private practice in Sydney where the majority of her cases are school-aged children and adolescents with language-based learning difficulties. This specialist interest has developed over many years working in England, Canada, the USA and Australia, where she has also been involved with child and adolescent mental health services. Julia has recently completed postgraduate study in adolescent language impairment at the University of Sydney. The study involved an RCT evaluating collaborations between secondary school teachers and speech pathologists, in supporting high school students with language-based learning difficulties.

Annette Guterres is an experienced secondary classroom teacher and literacy specialist with over 3O years teaching experience.  With a number of postgraduate qualifications Annette firmly believes in the value of data driven classroom practice based on research. Annette is currently President of the Professional Association for Learning Support. This Association is currently involved in the delivery of a 3 day program with Emeritus Professor Tony Shaddock on Reasonable Adjustments and Differentiation: Pathways to Successful Learning Outcomes.


Up to 20% of mainstream secondary school students have language and literacy difficulties. Even the mildest difficulties can have a significant effect on students’ academic progress, with associated impacts on their personal development. Many of these students present with behaviour problems, or with attention and concentration difficulties, are disengaged in learning and, of most concern, develop mental health issues.

Dr. Julia Starling is a speech-language pathologist specialising in adolescent language difficulties, and Annette Guterres is a secondary classroom teacher and literacy specialist. Both have many years’ practical experience gained from working in this field, and regularly share their ideas and experience with secondary teachers supporting students with learning difficulties. Both Annette and Julia are convinced of the value of professional collaborations in providing effective learning support programs, as well as of the need for providing explicit language and literacy instruction and for creating ‘language friendly’ modifications to secondary learning environments.

Be prepared for a highly interactive and practical professional development workshop! Areas covered will include:

  •  Developing students’ curriculum vocabulary through direct vocabulary instruction techniques
  •  Addressing teachers’ oral and written instructional language, such as for verbal classroom presentations, and written language used in assignment, test and exam sheets.
  • Addressing students’ access to curricular learning, such as through enhancing their reading comprehension, using text deconstruction strategies and creating situations to increase the engagement in learning for students with additional learning needs.

 National Professional Standards for Teachers covered are 1.2.2, 2.5.2, 3.5.2