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Course Description

Credit Validation for Slingerland Participants

This course offers 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, 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 objectives:

  • To develop the understanding of what children need to know before they learn to read
  • To understand the normal development of oral language
  • To foster good oral language skills - listening and speaking
  • To develop phonological awareness activities in the classroom
  • To learn the sight, sound, form and key-word of each letter of the alphabet
  • To understand the major components of reading acquisition
  • To understand current assessment strategies of beginning readers
  • To identify indicators of reading problems and characteristics of language/learning disabilities

Learner Outcomes

  • Understands children's physical and emotional needs for reading
  • Recognize the modalities for language learning (auditory, visual, kinesthetic-motor) and their integration
  • Understand the normal development of oral language and its relationship to learning to read
  • Develop phonological awareness activities for the classroom
  • Individualize pre-reading activities to meet the needs of individual student's
  • Identify characteristics of language/learning disabilities and reading problems

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Slingerland educator participants.

For More Information: Visit the Slingerland Institute for Literacy's website at http://www.slingerland.org.

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