Literacy and Learning Symposium - A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Literacy and Learning Symposium

26th and 27th October, 2017

On 26th and 27th October, 2017, the University of Canterbury, in collaboration with A Better Start National Science Challenge presented the 2017 Literacy and Learning Symposium. This year’s symposium brought together international and national researchers across fields of literacy, education, language learning, psychology, public health and speech language therapy, to highlight the exciting interdisciplinary developments in facilitating young children’s literacy success and healthy wellbeing. International speakers include Professor Laura Justice from Ohio State University and Professor Ilsa Schwartz from University of Tennessee. Over 200 people attended the two-day symposium.

Please click here for the programme booklet. Please see below for copies of speaker’s presentation slides, and also links to the two keynote addresses.

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Day One

Keynote: Professor Laura Justice (Ohio State University)

Professor Laura Justice - keynote speech

Fostering reading at home: overcoming barriers that impede parent-child reading

Abstract: Read-alouds in the home environment have positive impacts on young children’s language and literacy skills. In this presentation, I first describe these impacts, and then discuss barriers that prevent children from experiencing frequent read-alouds at home. Finally, I present evidence-based strategies for increasing children’s exposure to read-alouds at home.


Professor Laura Justice

Fostering reading at home: overcoming barriers that impede parent-child reading

Professor Bill Tunmer

The cognitive foundations of reading and its acquisition: a conceptual framework for reading intervention

Professor Gail Gillon

Integrated phonological awareness and vocabulary intervention to facilitate early literacy success

Professor John Everatt and Professor Malt Joshi

Interventions for children with dyslexia from different language backgrounds and with additional emotional/behavioural difficulties

Professor James Chapman

Phonics use in literacy instruction: when intention and implementation collide

Dr Karyn Carson

Raising school-entry reading readiness through preschool-wide phonological awareness and phonics instruction

Professor Barbara Dodd and Dr Daniela Gatt

Identifying delayed bilingual development early: the case of children growing up in Maltese-speaking families

Day Two

Keynote: Lynne-Harata Te Aika (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu)
Intergenerational bilingual literacy

Abstract: This presentation will look at macro and micro impacts on Māori intergenerational bilingualism and literacy for Ngāi Tahu living in Te Waipounamu (South Island of New Zealand). A brief historic overview will be given including language repression and revitalisation practices including the Ngāi Tahu Kotahi Mano Kāika language revitalisation strategy. A family study will be discussed along with challenges facing Ngāi Tahu and Māori families today to achieve quality te reo Māori acquisition for their children along with the broader goals of Ngāi Tahu achieving educational success as Ngāi Tahu.

Lynne-Harata Te Aika (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu)

Intergenerational bilingual literacy

Professor Ilsa Schwarz

Teacher talk: the oral and text-based vocabulary used by kindergarten teachers.

Professor Philip Schluter

Do pre-school socio-demographic and health developmental indicators predict the future utilization of early primary school-based literacy interventions: a national population study

Associate Professor Brigid McNeill

Literacy development in children with speech and language difficulties

Distinguished Professor Niki Davis

Emergent bilinguals in a digital world

Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane

Creating an authentic research community: Engaging whānau in a National Science Challenge