Teaching adult beginner learners to read and spell: a systematic phonics-based classroom program incorporating strategies to enhance memory

A VALBEC (Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Educational Council) Professional Learning session presented by Anna Fishley.

VALBEC presents another great Professional Learning Session presented by Anna Fishley.

The first part of this session examines current research and recommendations for teaching reading and spelling to beginner adult learners, focusing on the EAL classroom.  It incorporates research into structured phonics- based instruction and strategies to enhance learner memory.

The second part is application-focused, with a demonstration of a reading and spelling program for adult beginner learners in the EAL classroom.  The program is user-friendly for teachers and empowers learners by systematically building up their literacy skills.  The program empowers learners both inside the classroom and through exercises they can do independently at home.

Participants will come away with strategies for teaching foundational reading and spelling skills as well as ideas for creating their own classroom resources.

Anna has been teaching EAL to adult migrants for 17 years and prior to that, worked for 18 years as a psychologist in the field of educational and developmental psychology.  She combines her knowledge of cognitive processes involved in learning with her passion for teaching engaging evidence- based EAL lessons.   

Who: Anna Fishley

When: Tuesday, 23rd July 2024, 5.30-6.30 pm AEST

Where: Zoom

Cost: VALBEC Members Free; non-Members $10


Conference 2024

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Facilitator: Catherine Bunard
When: 15th June, 5 – 6pm AEST

Funnetics aims to demystify phonetics for teachers who need a little encouragement using pronunciation activities with students. This is followed by 'Funnetic' participation in breakout rooms where teachers try out Catherine’s pronunciation activities. Whatever you thought of phonetics before, this webinar is going to be PHON! 

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Facilitated by: The VALBEC Professional Learning Team
When: 6th April @ 5:00pm AEST

Join Clare Harris, Bernard Miles and Lauren Piovesan; three independent Australian publishers, writers and designers of adult learning resources, talking about their resources and the stories behind writing them.

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