Year One requirements

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Course Description: Research has demonstrated the importance of phonological awareness, letter recognition, and oral language in the acquisition of reading and spelling skills. Once students understand the sound structure of spoken language and can instantly name letters, they are ready to learn how sounds map onto letters. This knowledge builds their ability to decode unfamiliar words. Comprehension is developed through listening and retelling.

In Reading Readiness, a Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn

1) the foundational skills that are necessary to become fluent readers and accurate spellers,

2) hands-on, multisensory activities to teach and reinforce these skills,

3) strategies for building instant recognition of words with reliable and unexpected pronunciations, and

4) the importance of explicit and systematic handwriting instruction to spelling and writing.                                                                                       

*Reading Readiness is a prerequisite for the KSALT Basic Language Skills Introductory Course.

Course Description: The words in English are traditionally classified as parts of speech based on their usage in a sentence. The parts of speech are the foundation of sentence writing, which is the foundation of all written discourse.

  • In Multisensory Grammar, participants learn 1) activities that make the abstract concept of grammar concrete, 2) strategies for increasing students’ sentence complexity when writing, and 3) use of parts of speech in the construction and revision of written paragraphs. Participants also engage in collaborative activities that extend their learning and can be presented to their students.
  • *This class is a prerequisite for the Basic Language Skills Language Skills Advanced Course.

Course Description: Dyslexia is characterized as difficulties with accurate and automatic word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and can lead to poor comprehension and reduced vocabulary development.

Through coursework in Basic Language Skills and intensive supervised practicum, participants learn how to plan, deliver, and measure instruction in phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, oral language, comprehension, and composition for students with dyslexia and related disorders. This 10-day course includes two additional follow-up classes, BLS 1A and BLS 1B.                                                                   

Course Description: In addition to skilled decoding, robust oral language and vocabulary, boundless world knowledge, adequate linguistic development, and sufficient working memory, students need to learn how to think about their thinking to understand what they are reading. That is, students need metacognitive skills for critical reading of narrative and expository texts.

In Developing Metacognitive Strategies, a Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn 1) activities that increase oral language, 2) strategies for increasing vocabulary and background knowledge, 3) summarization activities, 4) questioning techniques, and 5) progress monitoring for fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.


*This class is a prerequisite for the Basic Language Skills Language Skills Advanced Course.