Course Description

Credit Validation for Slingerland Educator Participants Only

This course offers teaching techniques and background knowledge in the Slingerland Adaptation for Classroom Use of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. The historical and philosophical background of dyslexia will be discussed along with current research in the field of language arts instruction. Language acquisition, language development and modality involvement of the dyslexic and non-dyslexic will be dicussed and compared. Techniques and practice in the following areas will be covered: oral language, phonics and encoding skills, written expression and integrated auditory approach lesson plans. A variety of teaching strategies will be used at each session, including lecture, demonstration, practice and group discussion. Participants will actively apply the Slingerland multisensory techniques in practice sessions.

Beginning Level Course Objectives:

  • To gain knowledge of the historical and philosophical background of specific language disability (dyslexia)
  • To learn about the history and development of multisensory structured instructional techniques
  • To design and implement plans for integrating a language arts lesson beginning with the smallest unit and building to words and words within phrases and sentences
  • To acquire strategies for teaching encoding and spelling of regular and non-phonetic words
  • To bring current research practices into classroom lessons
  • To acquire instructional strategies to increase students' spelling and written language
  • To learn a systematic structure for encoding (blending) and vocabulary development

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of multisensory instruction as supported by current research
  • Create language arts lesson in the Slingerland® Approach to Language Arts which integrates the following elements: Phonics, Encoding, Morphology (bases, affixes), Irregular words to be learned and Writing connected text
  • Identify major characteristics of dyslexia and other language-based reading disabilities
  • Understand the organization of the English language and the application of morphology to encoding and written language
  • Understand the application of the Slingerland® Approach to existing classroom curriculum materials

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.5 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for students already enrolled with the Slingerland Institute for Literacy's program.



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