MQ Reading Clinic: Teaching vocabulary to improve reading comprehension

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Macquarie University Reading Clinic Professional Development Workshops



International guest presenter:  Dr Danielle Colenbrander (University of Bristol, UK)

Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Date: Tuesday 31st July 2018

Location: MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

Cost: $550 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:

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.


About Speaker:

Dr Danielle Colenbrander is a researcher at the University of Bristol, UK. 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 worked with diverse populations of children in a variety of settings. She is currently running a randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of two training programmes for children with reading and spelling difficulties. She is interested in relationships between vocabulary knowledge, reading aloud and reading comprehension. In particular, she is interested in how difficulties in these areas can be remediated.


About the workshop:

Session 1 will focus on why and how vocabulary instruction might lead to reading comprehension improvements, and when vocabulary instruction is appropriate.

Session 2 will focus on current evidence for effective vocabulary intervention, including a discussion of which instructional elements are crucial for effectiveness.

Sessions 3 and 4 will be practical sessions focussing on how to successfully deliver vocabulary intervention, and how to adapt intervention methods to different settings.


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.


Preparation before the workshop:

Ideally, each participant should bring their own tablet or laptop with wireless internet access.

Getting There:

MGSM’s Macquarie Park Executive Centre is just 15kms from Sydney’s CBD and is easily accessible by car and public transport. Secure on-site parking available free of charge for attendees.

By car: The Macquarie Park Executive Centre is an easy, 20 minute drive from Sydney’s CBD and approximately a 35-minute drive from Sydney’s Domestic and International Airport. On-site parking is free of charge for MGSM Executive Accommodation and conference centre guests (conditions apply).

By train: Macquarie University train station is just a few minutes’ walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre. Trains to Sydney’s CBD (and Epping line) depart every few minutes. Macquarie University to Sydney’s CBD takes approximately 25 minutes and approximately 4 minutes to Epping.

By bus: Buses arrive and depart just a few minutes’ walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre and travel to and from many Sydney Metropolitan areas, including the City, Hills District, North Shore, Chatswood, Manly, the Ryde and Carlingford areas, and the Western Suburbs.

More details on how to get there:

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: 1 week before workshop.

Enrol in two workshops and receive 10% off the total price! Students must enrol in two workshops at the same time for the discount to be applied.

For more information and registration pls see website:

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