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SPE 710 Introductory Workshop: Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language Instruction

Learn specific, multi-sensory techniques for effective reading instruction.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 1 credit

The inability to read well can seriously challenge a student throughout school and beyond. While there are many ways to teach reading to students with learning differences, one of the most successful methods for students with persistent phonological coding deficits has proven to be the Wilson Reading System® (WRS), the flagship program of Wilson Language Training®. Wilson Language Training® and Wilson Accredited Partners have received accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association, and WRS has been endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education.

The Wilson Reading System® is a multisensory structured language instruction system taught in the classroom as a 10-part lesson with specific practice procedures. There are number of areas of concentration within the system, each of which is designed to help you meet individual students’ needs.

In this introduction to the Wilson Reading System®, you’ll examine reading research and focus on the five areas of reading as they relate to students beyond grade two with persistent phonological coding deficits. SPE 710 consists of three modules, including an activity booklet, lesson plan development, and online assessments.

  • In the activity booklet module, you’ll complete several activities on the five components of reading and language structure and answer several open response questions. Through the activities and assignments, you’ll be able to demonstrate knowledge of syllable types and language patterns such as blends, digraphs, bonus letters, base words, and suffixes.
  • In the lesson plan development module, you’ll use a template from Wilson Academy to develop your own WRS lesson plan for a sample student.
  • In the online assessment module, you’ll complete eight multiple-choice online assessments to demonstrate your understanding of topics covered in this course.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Wilson Reading System®: Who and Why
  • Wilson Reading System®: What (Five Areas of Reading)
  • Wilson Reading System®: How, When and Where
  • Setting the Successful Environment: Student Identification and Placement: Progression and Pacing
  • Meeting Students’ Needs with Appropriate Grouping and Planning

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 710, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how the WRS addresses student identification and placement.
  • Explain how students are scheduled and how their progress is monitored.
  • Create a successful classroom environment.
  • Relate the principles of language structure to students.
  • Apply teaching language using direct, multisensory methods
  • Explain the Wilson Reading System® five areas of reading necessary for effective reading instruction and you’ll see the components that make up the system.
  • Explain the principles of instruction, models of implementation and settings for the Wilson Reading System®.
  • Implement WRS in the classroom.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Special Education curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including the Wilson Reading System®, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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