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SPE 711 Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader: Wilson Reading System® Basic Word Study 1–3

Nurture literacy among all readers.

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: 16 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Students who can’t read well can’t learn well. Many factors can contribute to an inability to read well. For students with persistent phonological coding deficits, the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) has proven successful in teaching students grade two and up to read.

In SPE 711, you’ll build on the knowledge and skills you gained in SPE 710, focusing on key components of the WRS’ Steps 1–3, including phonological awareness, phonics and spelling at the beginning levels of decoding and encoding, and the closed syllable pattern. Additional topics include single word accuracy/automaticity, fluency with decodable and authentic text, vocabulary development and listening/reading comprehension at beginning states of reading.

Sample Course Topics

In SPE 711, you’ll continue to improve your knowledge of WRS techniques. Weekly topics may include:

  • Lesson Plan Review
  • Topics for Wilson Reading System® Steps 1–3
  • WRS Step 1: Closed Syllables
  • WRS Step 2: Closed Syllables
  • WRS Step 3: Closed Syllables

Examples of What You’ll Learn

Upon completing SPE 711, you will:

  • Understand the research base for multisensory structured language teaching.
  • Know the necessary principles of instruction used to teach students with a language-based learning disability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the content and methods of teaching Steps 1-3 of the Wilson Reading System®.
  • Call on research-based reading programs to use multisensory strategies to teach sight words, vocabulary and comprehension.

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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