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US literacy skills expert at CSU Bathurst Campus

1 JANUARY 2003

Early childhood is a critical period for literacy development and US research has found that 35 per cent of children enter public schools with low levels of the skills needed to learn to read. Visiting US academic Professor Lynn Williams will present a lecture about how children acquire literacy skills on Thursday 8 November at Charles Sturt University (CSU) Bathurst Campus. Associate Professor Sharynne McLeod, from CSU’s School of Teacher Education, said that Professor Williams has a distinguished career in teaching and writing about speech and language development and disorders in children. “Her lecture, Contexts for facilitating emergent literacy skills, will summarize the findings from a range of studies in order to assist early childhood educators, speech-language pathologists, and families in their roles to prevent later reading difficulties for young children,” Dr McLeod said.

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Bruce Andrews, 02 63386084

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