DSF Language, Literacy and Learning Conference

The second biennial DSF Language, Literacy & Learning conference was held in Perth, Western Australia from 4-6th April, 2019. This conference provided valuable information, insight and networking opportunities for learning support teachers, primary school teachers, principals, school psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists working in the education field.

The conference was well-attended by delegates from around the globe and feedback from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive. Please enter your email address below to be notified when details regarding the next conference become available.


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4th – 6th April 2019
Starting at 8.45am

Three days, up to 100 speakers, great resources and an amazing opportunity for anyone with an interest in improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students. This incredible event is not to be missed!

The Language, Literacy and Learning Conference will provide a wealth of information on the factors influencing the successful acquisition of skills in language, literacy and numeracy. It will be particularly relevant to classroom teachers, school principals and administrators, school psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, allied health professionals, tutors, parents and other key stakeholders concerned with the effective education and support of all school-aged children - including those with learning difficulties.

Professor Stanislas Dehaene (France)

Stanislas Dehaene is one of the world’s most influential researchers in the...

Stanislas Dehaene is one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of reading and the brain. He is a cognitive neuroscientist and author whose research investigates the neural bases of human cognitive functions such as reading, calculation and language, with a particular focus on the differences between conscious and nonconscious processing. He holds the Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at the Collége de France, Paris. His books include The Number Sense, Reading in the Brain, and Consciousness and the Brain.

Professor Simon E. Fisher (Netherlands)

Simon E. Fisher is a British geneticist and neuroscientist. He is a director...

Simon E. Fisher is a British geneticist and neuroscientist. He is a director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor of Language and Genetics at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. A key focus of Fisher’s research has been the identification of genetic factors that contribute to developmental disorders such as dyslexia and speech and language impairments. The department he leads is devoted to exploring the functional impact of language deficits at home and in the classroom.

Professor Kathy Rastle (UK)

Kathy Rastle is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University...

Kathy Rastle is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Kathy is a cognitive psychologist specialising in reading acquisition, skilled reading, English orthography and morphology and their relationships with spoken language. She has a particular interest in understanding how properties of human learning impact on the acquisition of reading skill. Kathy is on the Research Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council and is also the incoming Editor in Chief for the Journal of Memory and Language.

Professor Daniel Ansari (Canada)

Daniel Ansari is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the...

Daniel Ansari is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Brain & Mind Institute at the University of Ontario, Canada, where he heads the Numerical Cognition Laboratory. Ansari’s research explores the developmental trajectory underlying both the typical and atypical development of numerical and mathematical skills. He has a keen interest in exploring the connection between cognitive psychology, neuroscience and education and has examined the implications of the evidence available on assessment and intervention. He works to make research accessible to teachers and to ensure that research findings are translated to successful classroom practices.

Assistant Professor Yana Weinstein (USA)

Yana Weinstein is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts,...

Yana Weinstein is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The broad goal of her research is to help students make the most of their academic experience. Yana’s research interests lie in improving the accuracy of memory performance and the judgments students make about their cognitive functions. Yana tries to pose questions that have direct applied relevance, such as: How can we help students choose optimal study and rehearsal strategies? Why are test scores sometimes so surprising to students? And how does retrieval practice help students learn? Yana is co-founder of The Learning Scientists, a popular website offering free resources and articles on teaching and learning to classroom teachers.

Tom Bennett (UK)

Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grassroots organisation that...

Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grassroots organisation that raises research literacy in education. He has a keen interest in exploring the connection between cognitive psychology, neuroscience and education. Since 2013 researchED has visited three continents and six countries, attracting thousands of followers. In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy. He has written four books about teacher training, and in 2015 he was long listed as one of the world’s top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year he made the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Bloggers’ list. His online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times.

Conference Schedule

The full conference program includes a variety of concurrent sessions including workshops, presentations and symposia.

Why is this conference for you?

The Language, Literacy and Learning conference will provide valuable information, current research evidence and successful strategies to teachers, practitioners and individuals concerned with the provision of effective literacy instruction to all students. It will be particularly relevant for:

Learning support teachers keen to assist with the improvement of both the initial literacy instruction and the intervention strategies delivered in the classes they support;

Principals keen to improve whole-school literacy outcomes;

School Psychologists keen to better support the schools they work with – particularly in the areas of first-wave high-quality literacy instruction, individual assessment, and with second and third wave intervention and accommodation;

Primary school teachers keen to improve reading, spelling and written expression results in their classrooms;

Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists working with students with literacy difficulties keen to improve the assessment they conduct, the therapy they provide and the recommendations they make to schools in relation to literacy difficulties;

All practitioners and parents keen to learn more about specific learning disorders in both reading and written expression – and the most effective intervention and support currently available.

Registration Fees

The Language, Learning & Literacy Conference is a not-to-be missed event with access to exceptional speakers, resources and networking. Members of DSF, all state SPELD organisations, IDA (International Dyslexia Association) and LDA (Learning Difficulties Australia) will be offered discounted rates on their registration. Please ensure you have your membership details (e.g. DSF/IDA/LDA membership number or SPELD coupon code) available when you register or visit the website of your nearest organisation to find out more about becoming a member. Further discounts are available for a limited number of full-time students. Please contact DSF for information about student pricing and how to access this discount. Information regarding our cancellation policy can be found here.

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Location and Venue

Spend three inspiring days in the cultural and cosmopolitan city of Perth. The area is full of great hotels, restaurants and galleries.


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

21 Mounts Bay Rd,

Perth WA 6000

Nearby Accommodation

Special discounted rates on rooms are available to conference delegates at the hotels listed below. Registered delegates can access discount codes and additional information through the conference website by using their unique login details (provided at the time of registration).

Parmelia Hilton

14 Mill Street,

Perth WA 6000

InterContinental Perth City Centre

815 Hay Street,

Perth WA 6000

Adina Apartment Hotel

33 Mounts Bay Rd,

Perth WA 6000

Citadines St Georges Terrace

21 Mounts Bay Rd,

Perth WA 6000

The Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartment

53 South Perth Esplanade,

South Perth WA 6151

The Perth Conventional and Exhibition Centre can be accessed from South Perth via ferry.

Additional details

Travelling to and from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is made easy due to its central location and proximity to public transport routes. If you are staying outside the Perth CBD and plan on utilising public transport, trains on the Mandurah-Joondalup line travel regularly and stop at Elizabeth Quay Train Station which is less than two minutes’ walk from the venue. Similarly, catching a bus to the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station or travelling by ferry from South Perth to Elizabeth Quay will also put you well within walking distance of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Contact details

Phone: 08 9217 2500

Fax: 08 9217 2599

Email: conference@dsf.net.au

Street Address:10 Broome Street,South Perth, WA, 6151

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