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Developing Phonological Awareness through Fingerspelling-Two Day Seminar
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​​​​​​Professor Brenda Schick, from the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder, will present her recent research on an educational intervention that develops phonological awareness through the use of fingerspelling by young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Professor Schick's research shows a strong relationship between fingerspelling skills and the identification of written English words, and she has created educational material that trains teachers to improve their student's phonological skills through the use of fingerspelling. 

Participants in the research intervention increased their phonological awareness of fingerspelling and fingerspelled word families, and benefited from finger-spelling instruction highlighting rhyme and alliteration. Fingerspelling instruction increased access to the word internal structure of written language, supporting vocabulary development, word identification and reading comprehension. This suggests that fingerspelling can provide an alternative gateway to decoding English text.

The intervention uses a Single Case Study Design of six to nine weeks' duration and includes both pre- and post-assessments, targeting young children in program that used ASL or SimCom. The intervention will be modified to apply to Auslan.

Learning Outcomes​

​1.  At the end of the webinar participants will:1.understand how fingerspelling can develop phonological awareness in children who are deaf or hard of hearing to improve reading skills​

2.  Be able to implement the Phonological Awareness in Fingerspelling intervention​​.​​

Public Transport

The closest train station to VDEI is the Prahran station, on the Sandringham line.
The closest tram stops are Tram Stop 27 (cnr St Kilda Road and High Street) and Tram stop 28 (cnr Punt Road and High Street).

Parking

Two parking options are available within close walking distance to VDEI’s learning centre.
1. metered street parking available along St Kilda Road and High Street and
2. all day paid car parking in nearby complexes, we recommend:

  • Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (crn Lorne Street)

  • Wilson Carpark, Queens Lane. 

Please check their websites for accurate prices and early bird specials.
Unfortunately there is no longer access to parking facilities onsite at VDEI​.​​​​​​​

Dates and Times

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Add to Calendar8/8/2017 9:00 AM8/9/2017 4:00 PMAustralia/MelbourneDeveloping Phonological Awareness through Fingerspelling-Two Day Seminar​​​​​​Professor Brenda Schick, from the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder, will present her recent research on an educational intervention that develops phonological awareness through the use of fingerspelling by young c...VDEI 597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004Victorian Deaf Education Institutevdei@edumail.vic.gov.au

Audience
Teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists
Cost

Standard

$190

Location
VDEI 597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004