Managing Cognitive Load for Effective Literacy Language-Skills Instruction

9:00am, 1st Sep 2017 - 3:00pm, 1st Sep 2017

Dr Susan Galletly

Cognitive Load

Speld Qld, 141 Merton Road, Woolloongabba

$180.00 Members | $225.00 Non-Members

Registration Closed

Event Details

Cognitive overload occurs when children are overwhelmed by having too much to think about, particularly when they lack automaticity on literacy subskills.  

This highly-practical seminar has two parts.

In the first 90 minutes, it uses current research theory to explore cognitive load and principles of teaching which manage cognitive load and optimise student learning.

The remainder of the day explores powerful language building strategies which achieve three goals:

  1. They strategically build key language skills needed for literacy progress, e.g., vocabulary & inferential thinking.
  2. They link relatively directly to reading comprehension & written expression, & improving functional literacy.
  3. They work across modalities, simultaneously building skills in multiple areas, e.g., phonological awareness, vocabulary and written expression.

The seminar is suitable for P-6 primary-school teachers and high-school teachers working with students with learning difficulties. 


Presenter: Dr Susan Galletly is a teacher, speech pathologist, researcher and author who is passionate about enhancing literacy outcomes of students with reading difficulties, and has extensive experience working with these children. Susan is the author of Literacy Plus books and resources for teaching children in Prep to Year 2, and older children with word reading weakness.

Working with Central Queensland University (CQU), Susan is the author of CAMLIT (CQUniversity Accelerated Metacognitive Literacy Intensive Tuition), a middle-school literacy enhancement program now used in several states. Working with CQUniversity, Susan is a postdoctoral researcher in a project focussed on optiming reading instruction for at-risk readers in Prep to Year 3.

Susan has held positions in school leadership in the area of literacy, focussed on building school capacity through improved literacy outcomes. She is a past national President of LDA (Learning Difficulties Australia), and is involved in regional ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators Association) projects.

Susan’s Literacy Plus Newsletter is focussed on providing teachers with practical ideas for empowering reading instruction. Susan’s private SLP practice is focussed on school children with learning difficulties.




Important Notes 

1  Payment is required prior to the date of the Professional Development Workshop in order to secure attendance and is not refundable.

2  Morning Tea and Lunch are included.  Please email if you have any dietary requirements as soon as possible.

3   This workshop contributes to the 10 Queensland College of Teachers continuing Professional Development Requirements. You will receive a certificate on the day of event.