Registrations Open - Promoting literacy for adult learners using an articulatory approach to pronunciation teaching


Very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable main speaker:  Arizio Sweeting

Introduced by Hazel Davidson: Speaking for spelling: non-standard Australian English

Arizio's abstract:

Direct articulatory pronunciation instruction is an important step to help adult learners develop the proper phonological decoding and increase efficiency and fluency in their reading skills.  It also has positive consequences for their spelling and writing skills. In this hands-on presentation, ideas for integrating kinaesthetic pronunciation techniques into adult literacy learning will be demonstrated.


Arizio Sweeting is an expert in the articulatory approach to pronunciation teaching and a teacher educator with over 25 years of experience in adult teaching and learning.  He is committed to helping language teachers in different contexts to integrate kinaesthetic pronunciation techniques into their classroom practice.  He can be contacted at

Hazel's abstract:

There are many varieties of non-standard English spoken in Australia.  Hazel herself spoke one of them as a child and adolescent.  She will give a very quick summary of a few of the commonly encountered speech characteristics which can impinge on spelling and general proficiency in Standard Australian English.


Hazel grew up in a coalmining family in the NSW Hunter Valley.  She was the first in her family to complete high school and then to graduate from university.  She started her working career teaching French and Latin in NSW state high schools and later completed a Grad. Dip. in TESOL.  She then taught ESL (now referred to as EAL/D) for some 30 years.  She had always had a passionate interest in literacy for all, both immigrant and Australian-born.

Plenty of free parking.  Excellent bus service.

Yummy morning tea, plenty of time for networking, great book display by The Language People

Very entertaining and extremely knowledgeable main speaker.


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