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Classroom Educator Training Syllabus

Orton-Gillingham in the Classroom

LLCA Cub Campus 13902 Bradford Rd. Madison,AL

 June 15-18, 2020 from 8 AM - 4 PM


Enduring Understanding:  All students will benefit from explicit and direct instruction in language, including reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, and oral expression.


Course Objective:  To instruct and empower tutors and general classroom educators in the fundamentals of Multisensory Instruction and the Orton-Gillingham approach for use with all students in classroom and tutorial settings.   


Topics to be covered in training include:

The Orton Gillingham Story

The Definition and Characteristics of Dyslexia

How the Brain Reads and Processes Language

Recognizing Normal Language Development                                         

The Nature and Needs of the Student with Dyslexia 

The Big Five:  The Foundations of Reading and Language 


The Structure of Language

MSLE and the Orton Approach

Phonemic Awareness:  Instruction and Activities


Level One Skills:  Part One and Activities

                           Vowels and Consonants/breve and macron

                           Syllables-Closed Syllables, Combining Closed Syllables

                           Initial and Final blends

                           Consonant Digraphs  (sh,ch,wh,th,-ng)

                           -ng,-nk as a vowel changes


Level One Skills:  Part Two and Activities

                          Short Vowel Flags- Spelling Patterns (floss, -ck,-tch, -dge)

                          Soft c and g

                          Silent e Syllable, Open Syllable, and Combining Syllables

                          Syllable Division:  VC-CV, V-CV, VC-V


Non-Decodable/Non-Phonetic and High Frequency Words: Definition/Scope and Sequence/Strategies for Instruction/SOS

The MSLE Lesson & A Suggested Sequence


Level II Skills:  Part 2      Vowels

                          Long Vowel Teams-Multiple Spellings

                          Vowel Diphthongs

                          VV Syllables

                          Schwa & Accent


The Four Basic Parts of Speech

                          Review of Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs

                          Strategies and Instructional Information for teaching

                          Applying basic parts of speech to develop decoding, spelling, and comprehension skills


Introduction to Morphology

                          Basic Prefixes and Suffixes

                          Base Words and Root Words

                          Expanding skills using morphology

                          Final Stable Syllable or Suffix?


Spelling Rules and Generalizations

                          Review floss and Short Vowel Flags

                          Doubling Rule

                          Drop e/Keep e Rule

                          Changing Rule   (y to i)


Assessment Tools for Language Based Learning Challenges

The MSLE Lesson Components/ Write a Group Lesson Plan

                          Warm Up:  Priming the Pump

                          Auditory and Visual Drills

                          Sound Blending and Sound Tapping


Review & Reinforcement: 

                          Choosing Good Words and Phrases

                          Effectively Working Words and Phrases

                          Spelling of words, phrases, and sentences


Introduction of New Information

                          Direct Instruction or Discovery

                          New Info Sheets

                          Incorporating new info into future lessons


Oral Reading

                          Controlled vs. non-controlled

                          Making the best of required basal or series readers

                          Short articles or passages

                          Quick tools for teaching comprehension and fluency in oral reading time


Diagnostic Techniques for a MSLE lesson

                          Error Analysis


Reading Comprehension, Fluency and Vocabulary   

                        Instruction:  Models, Strategies, and Applications

The Kinesthetic Output:  Handwriting

ADHD and Executive Functioning:  How Does This Affect our Students

Assistive Technology

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