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The Power of Oral Language

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Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

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What is Oral Language competence and how does it impact on students’ connectedness to school? What impact does oral language have on a young person’s trajectory towards the justice system?

Professor Snow will outline what is meant by early oral language competence, with respect to receptive and expressive skills across key domains such as vocabulary, syntax, narrative, and pragmatic language skills. The developmental correlates of early language skills will be described, and the importance of oral language development will be emphasised with respect to (a) the transition to literacy in the first three years of school, and (b) the development of prosocial interpersonal skills throughout childhood and adolescence. The role of socio-economic status as an influence on early language environment will be discussed, together with the implications of this for schools.

Controversies and tensions in early literacy instruction will be explored, with recommendations outlined for ways of ensuring that all students make it across the bridge to literacy in the first three years of school, regardless of their starting point and level of psychosocial disadvantage. Keeping students connected to school through strong academic engagement and achievement will be emphasised, as a way of setting students up to be part of the social and economic mainstream across the lifespan, and averting trajectories that lead to contact with the justice system and social marginalisation.



About the presenter - Professor Pamela Snow

Pamela Snow is a Professor and Head of the Rural Health School at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. Pamela has taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate health professionals and also has experience in teacher education.

Pamela is a registered psychologist, having qualified originally in speech pathology. Her research has been funded by nationally competitive schemes such as the ARC Discovery Program, ARC Linkage Program, and the Criminology Research Council, and spans various aspects of risk in childhood and adolescence.

Pamela has research links with the education, welfare and justice sectors, and her research has been published in a wide range of international journals. She is frequently called upon to address education, health, welfare, and forensic audiences, and in early 2017 was a member of the National Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Panel, convened by the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Federal Education Minister. She is a Fellow of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia and is a past Victorian State Chair of the Australian Psychological Society. She has over 130 publications, comprising refereed papers, book chapters, monographs and research reports.


Who is this training for?

Literacy educators/coordinators in both primary and secondary schools across the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Shire.

Registrations at 9.15 am for a 9.30 am start - lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop and allow for some networking prior to the conclusion at 12.30 pm.

Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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