Dyslexia SA Presents – Dr Bartek Rajkowski
On Monday 6 Nov 17 at the Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh, Speech and Language Pathologist, Dr. Bartek Rajkowski presented’Why teachers of English spelling need to be experts in the sounds of speech’.
Dr Rajkowski 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.
Dr Rajkowski 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.
During his workshop, Dr. Bartek Rajkowski convinced participants that written English has an undeserved reputation for being illogical but explained why English words are spelt 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.
Dr Rajkowski enabled particpants to have an understanding of the various historical influences on written English, understand the relationship between the basic building blocks of English spelling: phonemes, graphemes and letters, understand the main components of English phonology: consonant phonemes, vowel phonemes and syllables, receive an introduction to English spelling rules and understand why teachers of English spelling and reading need to be experts in the sounds of speech.