28 July 2023

9:00am – 3:30pm

Peter Cosgrove Centre

North Sydney Campus

This workshop will focus on the important components of reading comprehension and how to teach them: deep vocabulary knowledge, inference making, comprehension monitoring and text structure understanding. After short introductions to each of the components and activities to get first-hand insights into them, the focus will be on how these components interact and how they need to be taught in the context of real text comprehension. Participants will then work to create more activities to inspire their own teaching practice.

The presenters are Professors Jane Oakhill (University of Sussex, UK) and Carsten Elbro (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). They are leading researchers in their field, and have both extensive experience with research into and teaching of reading comprehension. Their book (co-authored with Kate Cain) of the same title as the workshop has been translated into several languages.

The workshop is offered by the Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy and SPELD NSW.

The Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy (ACAL) is a collaboration of leading researchers and practitioners in literacy. ACAL’s mission is the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge on how people learn to read and write, how they use reading and writing to learn and express ideas, and how the others in their lives can best support those processes.

SPELD NSW is a not-for-profit organisation offering support, assistance and advice to children and adults with specific learning difficulties, their families, tutors, teachers and schools.

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