Attend A Workshop on 14 March 2015 to Celebrate Read For Africa's 15th Birthday

Join in the celebrations and sign up for one of the 3 workshops on offer below.

Meeting Room A Meeting Room B Meeting Room C

Afrikaans Workshop: Teaching Phono-Graphix in Afrikaans

This workshop is applicable to anyone who has done the 1.5 day course in English previously:

  • and is using Phono-Graphix and would like to see how it works in Afrikaans or
  • anyone who is in the process of completing an Afrikaans/bilingual internship and would like additional support

Sound to Symbol to Meaning workshop

This workshop is applicable to anyone who has done the 1.5 day course previously.

  • you’ve done the course and now you would like to  learn how one can take Phono-Graphix from Sound-to-Symbol-to Meaning
  • You’re in the process of completing your internship and you would like to consolidate certain concepts and terms
  • You’ve been using Phono-Graphix for a while, but would like to have a refresher and get some extension activities

Introduction to the Phono-Graphix reading and spelling method

This workshop is applicable to anyone who is being exposed to Phono-Graphix for the first time

  • you will learn more about the basic skills and principles behind the method
  • have popular myths about teaching reading dispelled
  • get insight into how Read For Africa’s formula is succeeding in teaching reading and spelling across all curriculum areas
  • There will be an opportunity to meet our Afrikaans trainer, Annette to find out how the programme can be used in Afrikaans.


Saturday 14 March 2015

09:00 to 13:00 Registration from 8:15am
09:30 to 10:15
10:15 to 13:00

Welcome and Introduction session in the Hall Foyer
Celebratory Tea and an opportunity to mingle and network
Selected workshop in Meeting Room A or B or C
The German School Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg
11 San Souci Road
R300 per person
to attend one of the workshops

Bring a friend and pay R550 for both of you.
You can pay an additional R150 and become a member of Read For Africa to gain access to the member only section on our website, discounts on course fees and a listing on the website as an accredited Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist.
Fee includes:
Workshop, with hand outs

Attendance at any of the 3 workshops will earn you 3 general CPD points
(for HPCSA accredited professionals)
Light refreshments will be served

If you choose to attend further training in Phono-Graphix in the future, this fee will be considered a credit towards any 1.5 day certification course fee or towards the Whole School Approach programme for schools. (Valid for 2015)


Book Now:

Please complete the attached registration form to reserve your space

Download the registration form here


This event is relevant to any teachers, parents, health professionals and other practitioners who are already familiar with Phono-Graphix or who are being introduced to it for the first time.

Your Presenters on the day will be:

Melanie Smith:  BA – UKZN; BA Honours (Psych) – UJ; MEd (Psychology in Education) – Wits University; Registered Psychometrist; Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist and Trainer

Melanie completed her BA Honours in Psychology and then completed her MEd degree focusing on learning difficulties and self-esteem in children. She completed her one-year Psychometric Internship in a remedial school and is registered as an Independently Practicing Psychometrist with the HPCSA. Melanie is accredited as a Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) practitioner as well as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist and Trainer. Melanie manages a psychometric practice, PsychAssess and runs CPD accredited training groups for psychometrists on a monthly basis.

Annette Loedolff:BA – University of the North West, majored in English and Zulu; Higher Education Diploma, Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist and Trainer

Annette is a teacher in Potchefstroom who has worked with Phono-Graphix since 2002.
She has translated the programme into Afrikaans and has developed the facilitator guide and
workbook in Afrikaans. She has taught hundreds of children to read in both Afrikaans and English
schools, including children with special educational needs.

Jenny Taylor:B Phys Ed – Wits University; MEd – Wits University; Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist and Trainer

Jenny Taylor was trained by the developers of Phono-Graphix in the United Kingdom and the United states in 1999. She established Read For Africa in 2000 as the vehicle to bring the Phono-Graphix reading method to South Africa. She has trained over 5000 teachers, parents and other therapists in the method and has taught thousands of children and adults to read. She has worked with people with learning and intellectual disabilities through her involvement with Special Olympics, the Hamlet Adult Centre and the Sparrow Assisted Learning Centre. Her MEd research report, for which she was awarded a distinction, focused on Phono-Graphix in the South African context. She works with children and adults with learning difficulties as well as professional people who want to improve their spelling skills.

New Resources will be on display and available to buy and/or order

Colour Chart with Pictures to assist learners with finding the relevant target sound. Available in A4 and A0 options. Charts are only sold to people who have completed the training previously (1 or 1.5 day course).


A4 colour charts: R40 each


A0 colour charts: R350 each

Starter Kit filing system that incorporates all of the Read for Africa and Read America’s resources in hard copy and electronically and a license to make copies. These kits are only sold to people who have completed the training previously (1 or 1.5 day course).

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R 1 650 per kit, includes an A4 colour chart and CD

Afrikaans Pack of Resources including a Facilitar Guide, Master Workbook for each level and a Sotries & Activities manual   R1 000

PsychAssess’ Analysis of Reading and Spelling Assessment (PARAS test)  R 400

Coded Stories and Buddy Reader Books for each level taking children from their first reader to becoming faster, fearless, fantastic and then fluent.

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R 200 per set of 5 readers

Extra English Pack includes sound houses, tracing worksheets and additional stories to map as well as a phoneme flipper - R350 per pack

soundHouses flippers

Sound Houses
to assist with dealing with
the concepts of variation and overlap

Phoneme Flippers
to assist with teaching phoneme
manipulation and deletion activities

Download the registration form here

Read for Africa will be visiting KZN and the Cape next term. We will be offering a 1.5 day course as well as an advanced course for people who have trained previously. If you are keen to attend or would like us to give an introductory talk at your school, please email us at

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