SIL 2017 Short Classes

PRE-READING SKILLS
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In this course you will:

»UNDERSTAND - oral language development and its relationship to beginning reading skills
»DEVELOP and implement phonological awareness activities
»TEACH sight, sound, and feel of each letter of the alphabet
»ASSESS progress of beginning readers

Instruction based on the work of Beth H. Slingerland for professionals working with preschool through first grade students.  The content of the course includes some precursors to formal reading oral language development, phonemic awareness, and the sight, sound and form of each letter of the alphabet.  These beginning multisensory skills can prevent failure and give children the foundation needed for future success with formal reading, writing and spelling. 

Course Content

  • The understanding of what children need to know before they learn to read
  • The normal development of oral language
  • Oral language skills - listening and speaking
  • Phonological awareness activities in the classroom
  • The sight, sound, form and key-work of each letter of the alphabet
  • The major components of reading acquisition
  • Current assessment strategies for beginning readers
  • Indicators of reading problems and characteristics of language/learning disabilities
Ten hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1 continuing education unit through the University of San Diego.

READING SKILLS
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In this course, you will learn skills to:
  • IDENTIFY indicators of reading problems and characteristics of reading disabilities
  • Help children READ with more confidence and skill
  • Increase word attack, reading comprehension and identification SCORES
  • Feel confident about a child's PROGRESS in reading, writing and spelling

Course Content

Rationale and teaching techniques for phonics, decoding, phrase reading and reading with comprehension and analysis.  The course is appropriate for all age levels and all educational settings.

Course Content

  • Development of an integrated lesson plan using current curriculum materials
  • Practice with the Slingerland® multisensory techniques
  • Current reading research findings
  • Organization of the English language
  • Instructional strategies that will increase comprehension and fluency skills
  • The study of the organization of the English language
  • A systematic structure for decoding and vocabulary development
Twenty hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1.5 continuing education units through the University of San Diego.

HANDWRITING SKILLS  (details)

In this course you will discover the Slingerland Instructional Techniques for:
»Teaching manuscript and cursive handwriting using the Slingerland® Approach
»Providing your students with tools for automatic letter recall
»Make legible handwriting a reality for ALL students

Course Content

  • Learn the purpose of handwriting instruction
  • Recognize the development stages of handwriting in students/children
  • Identify breakdowns in the learning process and development prescriptive lesson plans that can be used either in classroom, tutoring or homeschool environment
  • Learn strategies for teaching students to copy accurately from far point and near point
  • Get the beginning steps for putting handwriting to functional use
Ten hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1 continuing education unit through the University of San Diego.

PRE-READING SCREENING SKILLS  (details)

This course is a study of the Slingerland Pre-Reading Screening Tests (for kindergarten and beginning first grade students) including administration, scoring and evaluation.
 

Course Content

  • The study of the Slingerland Pre-Reading Screening procedures
  • How to use the Pre-Reading Screening for referral, remediation and lesson planning
  • How paraprofessionals can assist in the screening and scoring process
  • How the Pre-Reading Screening can reveal important information about learning patterns and school readiness
  • How to identify strengths and weaknesses in language learning
  • How these strengths and weaknesses impact reading, handwriting, written and oral expression and spelling
  • How to compare auditory, visual and kinesthetic-motor performance

Ten hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1 continuing education unit through the University of San Diego.


SCREENING SKILLS  (details)

This Course is an introduction to the Slingerland® Screening  Procedures for students. These procedures help identify  students with specific language disabilities. The tests aid in identifying children whose  current language difficulties may continue beyond periods of development or maturational lag and become persistent specific language disabilities in later grades.

In this ten hour course you will work with the three main elementary school screening levels.  Specifically you will learn: 

Course Content

  • How to use Slingerland Screening Procedures for referral or remediation
  • How paraprofessionals can assist in the screening and scoring process
  • How these screenings can reveal important information about a  student’s learning pattern
  • How to identify strengths and weaknesses in language learning for every child in your classroom
  • How these strengths and weaknesses impact reading, handwriting, spelling, and written and oral expression
  • How to compare auditory, visual and kinesthetic-motor performance


SPELLING & WRITTEN LANGUAGE, PART 1 (BEG  (details)

An introduction to written expressive language including phonics, encoding and spelling rules leading to independent written work.The historical and philosophical background of dyslexia and current research in the field of reading and written language will also be discussed. Techniques and practice in the following areas will be covered: oral language, phonics and blending skills, written expression and integrated auditory approach lesson plans. Teacher/participants will actively apply the techniques in practice sessions.

Specifically you will learn: 

Course Content

  • Knowledge of the historical and philosophical background of Specific Language Disability (dyslexia)
  • The history and development of multisensory structured instructional techniques
  • How to plan and integrate a language arts lesson beginning with the smallest unit and building to words and words within phrases and sentences Strategies for teaching encoding and spelling of regular and non-phonetic words
  • Current research about oral and written language Instructional strategies to increase students’ spelling and written language performance A systematic structure for encoding (blending) and vocabulary development

Twenty hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1.5 continuing education units through the University of San Diego.

INTERMEDIATE SPELLING & WRITTEN LANGUAGE  (details)

The continuation of the written expressive language including phonics, encoding and spelling rules leading to independent written work. 

Prerequisite -- Spelling & Written Language, Part 1 (Beginning): 

Course Content

  • The organization of the English language - including root words, prefixes and suffixes
  • Concrete instructional practices for teaching spelling rules How to develop a weekly integrated language arts lesson based on a dictation paragraph including practice, review and introduction of new concepts
  • The application of more complex roots and affixes The use of words within phrases and sentences
  • More complex phonograms, and types of syllables

Twenty hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1.5 continuing education units through the University of San Diego.


 

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