Learn how to teach children to read, write and spell with confidence using Little Learners Love Literacy.

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For teachers and speech pathologists – with Frances Brennan

Join Frances Brennan for this informative six-hour workshop on how to teach children to read, write and spell with confidence using Little Learners Love Literacy.

Frances will demonstrate this systematic and dynamic early literacy program. Little Learners Love Literacy focuses on explicitly teaching phonemic awareness and phonics using teaching strategies that ensure all children participate with success. This presentation will inspire you to teach with purpose and understand the process of learning to read and spell. Teaching so that every child succeeds is simple when using Little Learners Love Literacy.

For teachers – with Berys Dixon and Cathy Sims

Berys Dixon and Cathy Sims are both experienced teachers who have changed their pedagogy of teaching literacy skills in the classroom from ‘balanced literacy’ to systematic and sequential literacy teaching. In this ‘hands-on’ workshop, they will explain the steps needed and the results the children achieved. The principles of the seven stages of the Little Learners Love Literacy program will be explained along with the ‘secret ingredient’ – decodable books. What are decodable books and why are they essential for success?  

Teaching students with learning difficulties using Little Learners Love Literacy ® – with Kristin Anthian

What would it do to your self-esteem if every time you picked up a book you felt overwhelmed by how difficult it was to read?

Approximately one in 10 students in our primary schools experiences some form of learning challenge within their educational setting, with three to five per cent having a specific learning disorder such as dyslexia.

These students require early identification and appropriate intervention using a systematic, explicit and cumulative approach to instruction in reading and spelling, with high intensity and frequency. The Little Learners Love Literacy phonics program provides a comprehensive scope and sequence for the teaching of literacy in the early years. It can be equally effective in supporting students experiencing learning difficulties, with its systematic and carefully sequenced methodology.

This workshop will provide participants with theoretical and practical information on implementing the LLLL program with students experiencing learning difficulties.

The focus for this session includes:

  • identifying why learning to read and spell is a challenging, complex process that requires explicit teaching, while highlighting the key components of explicit instruction
  • discussing the identification of students with specific learning difficulties and myths and misconceptions regarding dyslexia
  • exploring the cognitive and processing profile of students with specific learning difficulties
  • looking at best evidence practice in teaching students with learning difficulties to read and spell, drawing on current and past research within a response to intervention (rti) framework
  • identifying the core features of an effective synthetic phonics program for students with learning difficulties and the importance of using decodable books for student reading
  • examining how LLLL can be implemented to meet the diverse needs of students experiencing learning difficulties
  • assessing student progress with LLLL and other tools.

This seminar can be used to meet the requirements for VIT Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in working with students with disabilities, standards 1.5, 1.6 and 4.1.