Dyslexia SA Presents – Dr Bartek Rajkowski

Date: Monday 6 Nov 17, Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh 5007

Time: 5.00pm – 7.15pm (includes 15 min question time)

‘Why teachers of English spelling need to be experts in the sounds of speech’

Have you ever told a student that a word is spelled a certain way because English is weird? Do you advise students to spell a word in several different ways and choose the one that looks right? Do you sometimes struggle to find an explanation for the spelling of a word?

In this workshop, Speech & Language Pathologist Dr. Bartek Rajkowski will convince you that written English has an undeserved reputation for being illogical! He will explain why English words are spelled the way they are, and why teaching kids to read and spell requires us to be experts in understanding the relationship between English speech sounds and spelling.

Session Outcomes:
Following this workshop, participants will
1. Have an understanding of the various historical influences on written English
2. Understand the relationship between the basic building blocks of English spelling: phonemes, graphemes and letters
3. Understand the main components of English phonology: consonant phonemes, vowel phonemes and syllables
4. Receive an introduction to English spelling rules

5. Understand why teachers of English spelling and reading need to be experts in the sounds of speech.

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Bartek Rajkowski        


Bartek is passionate about helping students improve their literacy skills. He has been Director of Adelaide Speech Pathology Services since 2001 and has extensive experience in the research-based assessment, identification and remediation of reading and spelling difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. Bartek completed his doctoral research – an investigation of the underlying cause of developmental reading difficulties – through Flinders University, South Australia in 2012.

He is the creator of ReadingDoctor© Software, a scientifically based, specialist literacy improvement software package designed to strengthen crucial literacy skills in children learning to read.


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Why Teachers of English Need to be Experts in the Sounds of Speech – 6 November 2017