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Light up language and reading comprehension with these key higher level language skills

An introduction to idioms, metaphors, similes, analogical reasoning, homophones, homonyms, homographs, proverbs and sayings

In this free course, speech-language pathologist David Kinnane highlights some of the key higher level oral language and reading comprehension skills needed to succeed at school, at work, and in life. He discusses evidence-based practical strategies to improve comprehension of idioms, metaphors and similes, analogies, homophones, homonyms, and homographs, as well as proverbs and sayings.


Your Instructor


David Kinnane
David Kinnane

Known to many as Speech Bloke, David is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Lawyer, Author and Father. He is based in Sydney, Australia, where he helps adults and children with communication issues to speak for themselves.

David manages a busy private speech pathology clinic, and a publishing company for speech pathologists in private practice. He is the founder of Banter Speech & Language, and Speechies in Business. He is passionate about ethical practices and consumer rights and regularly guest lectures to speech pathology students and others on legal issues affecting the profession.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean's Scholar, ranking first in his graduating year. He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Hong Kong, and lived for 8 years in Hong Kong. David is a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification. He is a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the PreLit early literacy preparation program by MultiLit, the Spalding Method for literacy, and Voicecraft for voice issues.

Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, David was a senior lawyer at a US Investment Bank and, before then, worked for global law firms in Hong Kong and Sydney. He knows what it takes to communicate professionally and to compete in a globalised workforce.


Course Curriculum


  Idioms
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  Metaphors and similies
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  Analogical reasoning
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  Homophone, homonyms, homographs and ambiguous language
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  42 Proverbs and sayings every child should know by the end of primary school
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  Sequencing and language comprehension
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  Categories and language
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  Inferencing
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  Where to next? Practical Resources to Work on Higher Level Language Skills
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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