About the course

Course outline

This course is a follow-up from our course: An introduction to Dyslexia | Supporting learners to achieve their potential.

This course includes two online workshops, and an optional four-week online module. The self-paced module is in the form of a community of professional learning and takes a minimum of one to two hours of engagement per week.

Topics covered

The course focuses on the literacy strategies you can teach learners with dyslexia or a different type of reading difficulty.

Reading seems effortless to most of us, yet many learners have great difficulty deciphering the words on the page. This can leave them feeling insecure and frustrated. Learn how you can support these learners and guide them on the road to reading excellence. 

Learning outcomes 

In this course you will learn how to: 

  • identify the different types of reading difficulty 
  • understand the neurological basis of dyslexia
  • assess your learners' phonologic awareness and decoding skills 
  • develop your learners' phonological awareness 
  • teach decoding strategies to your learners 
  • implement a multi-sensory teaching approach 
  • provide appropriate accommodations 
  • apply cultural values in your teaching.

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for more experienced teaching and learning support practitioners seeking to extend their understanding and practice.

About the facilitators

Annette van Lamoen has a background in working with high-needs learners. She was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Waikato, where she lectured and tutored in adult literacy education and dyslexia. She was the Manager of the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults and now works for Ako Aotearoa as a Professional Learning and Development Consultant. She is passionate about supporting educators and, by extension, their learners.

Dr Sue Dymock is a senior lecturer at the School of Education, University of Waikato. Sue’s research and teaching interests are in reading comprehension, reading difficulties including dyslexia, writing, and spelling. She is an active researcher in the field of literacy and has published articles, book chapters and books both nationally and internationally. Sue is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and is a Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. 

Ako Aotearoa badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Public course dates will be listed below when available.  Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation.

Upcoming public workshops on this topic

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

In response to the current challenges of delivering “face-to-face” events, our range of PLD is delivered online - workshops and courses, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development (currently online only until further notice)
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget. 
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from! 
  3. Ako Talks and webinars
    These online sessions deliver bite-sized information about current topics of interest to educators. Dates and topics are announced on social media and in our Community section and monthly e-news.