Free Talk and Q&A with John Walker from Sounds-Write

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Thurs, 27 Feb. 2020 at the SPELD NSW Office, Parramatta.

‘Phonics, the only game in town’.

In this session, John Walker, the co-author of the popular synthetic phonics program Sounds-Write, will talk about the primacy of speech, why writing systems came about, and how advances in cognitive load theory can guide us in teaching all children to read and write successfully. 

John will be available to answer questions following his presentation.

John Walker is the director and co-author (with Susan Case and David Philpot) of Sounds-Write.

John has been a qualified teacher, university lecturer and teacher trainer for over thirty years, teaching English language and literature in many different countries and settings. He is a graduate of the University of Sussex and holds master degrees from the Universities of Sussex and Warwick. He is qualified in the teaching of English as a foreign language and holds an advanced certificate in English language teaching from the University of Edinburgh.

He trains teaching practitioners in Sounds-Write and promotes the Sounds-Write programme in schools and other educational institutions across the world. In addition, he was an associate lecturer for the Open University, teaching on Discovering English and Children’s Literature, in addition to several early years courses.

John is an enthusiastic edu-blogger, who posts regularly on all aspects of literacy teaching at his site


WHEN: 3:45pm for a 4pm start to 5pm, Thursday 27 February 2020

WHERE: SPELD NSW, Suite 2, Level 1, 52 O’Connell Street Parramatta 2150

COST:  Free

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