The traditional definition of literacy is the ability to use language–to read, write, listen, and speak. Literacy plays a role in providing access to knowledge, self-esteem, success and advancement.
Upon discovering the student’s strengths and weaknesses, we will:
- personalized ways the learner will succeed
- focus on instructional needs
- facilitate the learning process with tricks, tips and tools
- implement strategies students, parents and teachers need to use
Why Literacy is Important
What is Linguistics?
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has drafted the following definition: "Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society."
Common difficulties acquiring language skills:
Effective communication is a necessary life skill. The ability to manipulate the language in speaking, reading, and writing is the core of effective communication and so much more. The English language mysteries can be unlocked through learning the fundamental effective communication is a necessary life skill. The ability to manipulate the language in speaking, reading, and writing is the core of effective communication and so much more. The English language mysteries can be unlocked through learning the fundamental structure of our language.
- Speaks well, but reads without fluency
- Understands what he/she hears, yet has difficulty understanding written language
- Talks well, yet writing doesn’t reflect vocabulary
- Doesn’t read the ends of words
- Skips words and invents words while reading
- Reverses or transposes letters when writing or reading
- Doesn’t understand the sequence of sounds in words
- Difficulty transcribing thoughts into print or cursive
- Writing is an overwhelming task
PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTION: How Language Is Taught
Simultaneous, Multisensory (VAKT)
Teaching is done using all learning pathways in the brain (visual/auditory, kinesthetic-tactile) simultaneously in order to enhance memory and learning.
Systematic and Cumulative
Multisensory language instruction requires that the organization of material follows the logical
order of the language. The sequence must begin with the easiest and most basic elements and progress methodically to more
difficult material. Each step must also be based on those already learned. Concepts taught must be systematically reviewed
to strengthen memory.
The inferential learning of any concept cannot be taken for granted. Multisensory language instruction
requires the direct teaching of all concepts with continuous student-teacher interaction.
The teacher must be adept at prescriptive or individualized teaching. The teaching plan is based on
careful and continuous assessment of the individual's needs. The content presented must be mastered to the degree of
Synthetic and Analytic Instruction
Multisensory, structured language programs include both synthetic and analytic
instruction. Synthetic instruction presents the parts of the language and then teaches how the parts work together to form
a whole. Analytic instruction presents the whole and teaches how this can be broken down into its component parts.
Information adapted from "Clinical Studies of Multisensory Structured Language Education for Students wi th Dyslexia and
Related Disorders" published by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).
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