Broadcast 36: Creating High Quality Instruction in Teaching Reading

picture of Elisabeth LiptakElisabeth (Liz) Liptak is the Professional Services Director for the International Dyslexia Association, and joined us to discuss the IDA’s Knowledge & Practice Standards. She talked about how the IDA Standards can help teachers and parents recognize what to look for in high-quality reading instruction and how parents can get the help they need for their children who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing.

The IDA Standards serve as a guide to teachers and parents for selecting effective programs and methods for teaching children with dyslexia. Liz Liptak discussed how the Standards guide effective instruction, what teachers and clinicians need to know and be able to do to deliver effective intervention. The Standards provide guidance in the use of structured literacy in an intervention program. An effective program provides daily, structured practice in the following areas:

1. Phonology
2. Phonics and Word Study
3. Fluent, Automatic Reading of Text
4. Vocabulary
5. Text Comprehension
6. Handwriting, Spelling, Written Expression

Liz Liptak was formerly the Executive Director of the Washington Literacy Council, a community-based direct service program in Washington DC that served struggling adult readers and younger children. Liz also worked for two years on a reading research project at the Krasnow Institute, which was funded by the Department of Education. Liz has been a reading tutor since 1989, most recently in the DC Public Schools. Liz works closely with the IDA Board’s Standards and Practices Committee.

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Live Broadcast 27: Understanding the Spelling of ‘Rough’

Every English-language reader, dyslexic or not, is sooner or later faced with the challenge of getting a grip on the rules of spelling and what may seem like an even larger number of exceptions to the rules. Orthography – spelling and all the particulars of how letters and words are written – is a field of study in itself, so how can the “average” reader ever figure it out?

The folks over at Real Spelling seem, in fact, to have figured it out. A comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to understand the linguistic conventions of how English spelling really works, Real Spelling is a sort of multi-media encyclopedia of spelling. It’s not a program or a teaching approach, but a densely-packed reference. English spelling, the language experts at Real Spelling demonstrate, is “elegantly coherent and predictable.”

Melvin Ramsden, from Real Spelling, discussed the word rough and why it is spelled this way on our latest Live Broadcast. Watch the video below or Click here to download the presentation for this Live Broadcast in pdf format.