Have you trained in Sounds-Write and wonder how to make the most of it in Years 3 to 6? Are you wondering how Sounds-Write links up with current debates around teaching vocabulary and a knowledge curriculum?
This online professional development course is designed for teachers and other educational practitioners who have already trained in Sounds-Write and want to hone their skills and knowledge in teaching Sounds-Write in Years 3-6.
The course will open on 16th January and close on 26th January 2021. During this time, participants can study the course at their own pace. It involves about 8 hours of study, including an online Zoom session with the trainers, which will be recorded for those that cannot attend. The course trainers will be Alison Perry (speech pathologist, Soundality) and John Walker (co-author of Sounds-Write).
There is a course forum where participants can ask questions and discuss the ideas introduced in the course. Alison and John will also be there to offer help and facilitate the discussions. Participants will also receive a course manual through the post, and a certificate of completion if they complete the course successfully.
We strongly recommend that you only attend the course if you have been teaching Sounds-Write for at least 1 year in years 3-6, or have considerable experience of teaching in the lower years and are now moving to years 3-6.
Australia and New Zealand: $506AUD (including GST)
Final registrations to be made by Tuesday 12th January 2021. Please understand that participants booking last-minute may not receive their manuals by the start of the course. Full participation is still possible, but you may not receive your manual until part way through, or after the training.
- The course only open to those who have completed the full Sounds-Write Practitioner’s Training (4-day face-to-face or 6-week course). You will need to provide a copy of your certificate of attendance from your original training (this will be requested via email after your registration has been accepted). You will also need access to your Sounds-Write manual.
- Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
- Participants will receive a copy of the Years 3-6 Wordbook (postage to Australia or NZ included in costs)
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- understand why it is essential to teach polysyllabic words throughout years 3-6, and how this provides the key to being able to access vocabulary at all stages and in all areas of the curriculum, such as scientific words
- understand how the ‘curse of expertise’ impacts on the teaching of phonics in years 3-6 and how to overcome it. The ‘curse of expertise’ refers to the tendency of some experts to underestimate how difficult novices find learning the knowledge and skills pertinent to a specific domain. The idea that something seems obvious to the expert is very often far from obvious to those new to a domain.
- understand the basis of research evidence behind the approach
- understand what a vocabulary scope and sequence that goes from simple to complex means in the context of using Sounds-Write
- understand the structure of polysyllabic words
- understand the importance of teaching the lessons (L11, 12, 13, 14 and 15) with fidelity and of using precise language and approaches to error correction
- understand the difference between teaching the meaning of prefixes and suffixes and effective ways of teaching students how to read and write them in polysyllabic words: morphology vs syllabification
- deal with differentiation in this context
- understand how sentences are the building blocks of writing (as per The Writing Revolution), but how words are the foundation, and use word and sentence-level activities in the Wordbook.