9-25-2020, 10-2-2020 It's All About the Vowel Sound: Syllable Types and Division Patterns

First Literacy Workshop Registration (two sessions via Zoom)

It's All About the Vowel Sound: Syllable Types and Division Patterns

Friday, September 25 and October 2, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Zoom virtual workshop

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Workshop Description:

Part 1
In what ways can knowledge of syllable types improve students’ word attack skills? This session will provide an overview of three of the six syllable types in English and early syllable division patterns for multisyllabic words -- closed, silent e, and r-controlled -- to help students unlock the vowel sound in each syllable for more accurate decoding and spelling. Learn multisensory practice activities to present in a remote setting. 

Part 2
This continuing session will provide an overview of the next three syllable types and syllable division patterns in English -- open, vowel team, and consonant-le -- and introduce additional multisensory practice activities for remote learning application.


Lisa M. Brooks, Ed.D., is the Director of Commonwealth Learning Center’s Professional Training Institute where she trains and observes teachers and offers professional development related to reading, dyslexia, and assessment. She is a Fellow and board member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, and holds a doctoral degree in adult learning and leadership and a master’s degree in special education. She previously taught students with dyslexia in public schools and has worked with adult learners in Tucson and in Cambridge. Teaching ABE students is her favorite work.  

This workshop is free to staff of all Massachusetts non-profit ABE and ESOL programs.

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