Associate Professor Connie Mayer and Associate Professor Beverly Trezek from Canada co-presented at a comprehensive two day literacy workshops on 15 and 16 November at the VDEI Learning Centre. The workshops covered language, reading and writing from a theoretical and practical standpoint, as well as literacy assessment strategies and visual phonics.
On day one of the workshop, participants were first introduced to a framework for understanding literacy (i.e. reading and writing), learning, assessment, and evaluation for deaf and hard of hearing students. Data from recent studies on the literacy achievement of DHH learners with cochlear implants and those in sign bilingual settings was also discussed.
On day two, instructional strategies for teaching literacy was demonstrated and practised, focusing particularly on the role and pedagogical application of Visual Phonics.
Dr Mayer is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto, cross appointed to the Graduate Program in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.
Dr Beverly Trezek is an Associate Professor in Literacy and Specialised Instruction at DePaul University, College of Education Department of Counseling and Special Education in Chicago.
‘The workshops brought everything together, refreshed my knowledge, honed my thinking and provided me with ways to ‘rethink’ or ‘tweak’ my practice. Fabulous new resources. Very motivating,’ said Jacqueline Dowling, teacher of the deaf, Mount View Primary School.
‘Thank you for providing such a relevant PD where both theory and practice are provided,’ said Kathryn Meehan, Teacher of the Deaf, Mount View Primary School. ‘Current research was fantastic to go through. Good to refresh theory, misunderstandings, codes and language acquisition. Great to refer to real life examples, resources available, priorities for intervention, analysing assessments and supports.’