Synthetic Phonics - How to Effectively Teach Reading and Spelling

Presented by: Shirley Houston


Event Information: 6 PD Hours

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Systematic Synthetic Phonics has been identified in Australia and other English-speaking countries as the most successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This part-to-whole approach involves 'breaking' words into separate phonemes which can then be blended together to read or spell a written word. In December 2005, DEST published the results of its National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy. It determined that if synthetic phonics was taught first, "the combined effects" of phonics instruction and whole language instruction was significantly more effective than phonics instruction on its own. Sadly, ten years later, many teachers do not know what synthetic phonics is and work in schools where there is nothing systematic about the way in which phonics is taught. This course provides participants with an opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction.

Course Overview:

Phonics instruction at our school  
• Defining systematic phonics instruction
• The differences between analytic and synthetic phonics
• Phonics instruction at your school

Synthetic phonics - the research  
•  Research findings on effective literacy instruction in English-speaking countries
•  Research findings on synthetic phonics instruction.

Principles and structure of synthetic phonics programs
•  A checklist of principles of synthetic phonics instruction
• The structure of daily synthetic phonics instruction
• Evaluating the phonics program in your classroom/school

Comparing synthetic phonics programs
• Comparing components of two synthetic phonics programs: Letters and Sounds (UK)
   and Get Reading Right (Australia).

Multisensory activities and resources for teaching synthetic phonics
• Trialling and assessing multisensory activities and resources that can be used  in a synthetic phonics program
• Sharing activities and resources

The place of synthetic phonics in a balanced literacy program
• Determining ways in which you can incorporate synthetic phonics principles and
   teaching in your literacy program.

 

Event Details:

  March 21st, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)
 
Venue to be advised,
Perth, WA
  For K to Yr 6 Teachers and Teacher Assistants
  $279 (+GST)

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About the Presenter

Shirley Houston is an educational consultant with over 30 years of teaching experience. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education in 1983 and the Royal Society of Arts Certificate for Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.
Shirley has established a reputation as a caring, dynamic and innovative educator whose programs reflect both current research and a deep understanding of the needs of her students. She has taught students in years K-12 at government, Catholic and Independent schools, in Australia and in America. She has lectured at several universities in Western Australia and at the Central Institute of Technology.  Shirley has long had a passion for work with children and adults who have dyslexia. She is a long-standing Board member of The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of Western Australia and runs a variety of programs for dyslexic students.