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Reading Association of Ireland Annual Conference

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Reading Association Of Ireland

A large number of Thurles teachers are expected to attend the 34th Reading Association of Ireland’s Annual Conference beginning this coming week.

This years conference theme ‘Promoting Effective Language and Literacy Instruction in 21st Century Classrooms‘ will be held in the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin from the  30th September through to the 2nd October, 2010.

Leading Irish and International researchers in the field of literacy will present on a diverse range of topics (such as responding to the literacy needs of struggling readers; responding to the language and literacy needs of migrant children in primary education; literacy reform in urban schools; perspectives on how phonics, handwriting and reading should be taught in our schools and, among other issues, they will explore why despite changes to our curriculum, the National Assessment of Reading Achievement (2004) of Irish primary pupils indicates little improvement in reading standards from the 1998 assessment.

Notable speakers at the event include Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago, Peter Afflerbach, University of Maryland; Brian Murphy, School of Education, University College Cork; Gerry Shiel, Educational Research Centre, St Patrick’s College and Taffy E. Raphael, University of Illinois at Chicago.

The conference will be officially launched on Thursday 30th September by the current president of RAI, Dr Martin Gleeson of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and Dr. Anne O’Gara, President, Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

All members of the press are invited to attend the official launch from 7.30pm – 9.00 pm on Thursday 30th September at Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

The Reading Association of Ireland was founded in 1975 and is affiliated to The International Reading Association, whose primary aim is to encourage reading and literacy education worldwide.

For further information visit www.reading.ie or contact Karen Willoughby, Thurles, Tel:0868206422.

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