St Patrick’s College Thurles – RAI Seminar On Saturday

Reading Association O Ireland

Reading Association Of Ireland

Not to be missed, the Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Spring Seminar, in association with Tipperary Education Centre and St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, takes place in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Saturday next, April 5th, 2014 from 9.30 a.m.1.00 p.m.

This practical seminar is aimed at parents, primary teachers and other educationalists working with pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Presentations at this event will explore:-
(1) Teaching Spelling: (Presenter: Brendan Culligan, RAI Executive Committee.)
This session will examine spelling as a skill and what is needed to become a speller. It will look at reasons why children fail to progress as spellers and examine common spelling strategies.  With the aid of case studies, it will show how to detect difficulties and offer advice as to how these may be overcome.

Presenter: Brendan Culligan is a retired lecturer in English Methodology at Marino Institute of Education and a former lecturer in English Methodology at Froebel College of Education. He was a member of the D.E.S. Taskforce on Dyslexia. Brendan is a past-president of the Reading Association of Ireland and a past-secretary of the Irish Learning Support Association. Brendan has a particular interest in the teaching of spelling and handwriting and is the author of Improving Children’s Spelling and Spelling & Handwriting.

(2) Reading Vocabulary: Practical Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary School. (Presenter: Gene MehiganMarino, Institute of Education and RAI Executive Committee.)
Because of the verbal nature of most classroom activities, knowledge of words and ability to use language are essential to success in these activities. However, while attention is often focused on developing the oral language ability of children the same does not always apply to teaching vocabulary in the context of reading.
This presentation examines the role of teaching reading vocabulary in a balanced literacy programme. Participants will explore approaches for teaching individual words, for developing word learning strategies and for fostering an awareness and love of language and words.

Presenter: Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for Literacy Education and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Currently a member of the national executive of the Reading Association of Ireland he is also a member of the Early Childhood and Primary Language Advisory Group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Remember Date, Time and Venue
Date:         Saturday, April 5th , 2014.
Time:         9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.        Tea/Coffee: 11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Venue:     St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This seminar is being offered free of charge to all, but places are limited. To book a place on this seminar, please email (with ‘RAI Seminar 2014’ in the subject line) or book by phone with Michelle Percy (Tipperary Education Centre) on Mobile 086 6008860.


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