Alison Clarke has been a Speech Pathologist since 1988, and also has a Masters in Applied Linguistics and a Cambridge CTEFLA ESL-teaching certificate. She has worked mainly with school-aged children, both in Australia and the UK, and taught English at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. She is now based at the Clifton Hill Child and Adolescent Therapy Group in Melbourne, but spends three days per week working in schools (primary and secondary) and is a Council member of Learning Difficulties Australia.
Explicit, systematic synthetic/linguistic phonics, working mainly with students with speech-language difficulties and other struggling readers. I am also keen to encourage and assist early years and specialist teachers to understand and use synthetic/linguistic phonics in the classroom and Tier 2 group work, to give all children the best possible start in reading and spelling.
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Public sector primary, secondary and tertiary education at Panmure Primary School, Warrnambool High School, Lincoln Institute/La Trobe University, Melbourne University and RMIT. Studied Spanish for a year in Mexico and Guatemala, and then at the Council of Adult Education in Melbourne.
Was a City of Yarra (inner north-east Melbourne) Councillor from 2008-2012, and 2011 Mayor.