31st March – 2nd April 2022
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 College de France, Paris. His books include The Number Sense, Reading in the Brain, and Consciousness and the Brain. His newest book is entitled How We Learn: The New Science of Education and the Brain.

Professor Julie Washington (USA)

Dr. Washington is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California...

Dr. Washington is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of California – Irvine (UCI). She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and is a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Dr. Washington directs the Learning Disabilities Research Innovation Hub funded by the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. Currently, Dr. Washington’s research is focused on the intersection of literacy, language variation, and poverty. In particular, her work focuses on understanding the role of cultural dialect in assessment, identification of reading disabilities in school-aged African American children and on disentangling the relationship between language production and comprehension on development of reading and early language skills for children growing up in poverty.

Tom Sherrington (UK)

Tom Sherrington is an education consultant and author. He writes the popular blog...

Tom Sherrington is an education consultant and author. He writes the popular blog teacherhead.com and his books include The Learning Rainforest and best-seller Rosenshine’s Principles in Action. With 30 years' experience as a physics and maths teacher and school leader, including 11 years as a Headteacher, Tom is now in demand from schools across the UK and around the world to deliver CPD for teachers and leadership teams. He works with schools providing consultancy support on curriculum and improving the quality of teaching. His specialist areas include evidence-informed teaching, curriculum and assessment, and teaching to the top (attitudes, routines, strategies and activities to ‘stretch and challenge’). He is a regular contributor to conferences and education festivals.

Professor Courtenay Norbury (UK)

Courtenay Norbury is Professor of Developmental Disorders of Language and...

Courtenay Norbury is Professor of Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication at Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London. She is the Director of the Literacy, Language and Communication (LiLaC) Lab (www.lilac-lab.org) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, working with Professor Dorothy Bishop on the overlapping language profiles that characterise autism and developmental language disorder. Professor Norbury’s current research focuses on language disorders and how language interacts with other aspects of social and cognitive development. She is leading SCALES, a population study of language development and disorder from school entry. She is also a founding member of the RADLD campaign (https://radld.org).

Claude Goldenberg (USA)

Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, emeritus, at Stanford...

Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, emeritus, at Stanford University. A native of Argentina, his research focuses on promoting academic achievement among language minority students. He has taught junior high school in Texas and first grade in a bilingual elementary school in Los Angeles. Goldenberg’s books include Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching and Learning, Promoting Academic Achievement among English Learners: A Guide to the Research, and Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings. He has directed studies of literacy development among English learners, school reform in largely language-minority schools, identifying elements of effective classroom instruction for English learners, and evaluation of an early literacy intervention in Rwanda.

Dr Eugenia Cheng (USA)

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and concert pianist. She is Scientist in Residence...

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and concert pianist. She is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and won tenure at the University of Sheffield, UK. Alongside her research in Category Theory and undergraduate teaching her aim is to rid the world of "math phobia". Eugenia was an early pioneer of math on YouTube and her videos have been viewed over 15 million times to date. Her most recent book “x+y:A new formula for overcoming gender bias” was published in 2020.

Conference Schedule

The conference program will be released closer to the conference date.

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.


Prospectus coming soon!

Please contact conference@dsf.net.au if you are interested in sponsoring the 2022 Language, Literacy and Learning Conference.

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 attendees at the hotels below. Mention the Language, Literacy and Learning Conference when forwarding your enquiry.

Parmelia Hilton

14 Mill Street,

Perth WA 6000

The Ritz-Carlton

1 Barrack 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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