Unlocking Literacy:

Effective Strategies for Decoding, Spelling and Vocabulary Instruction

October 3rd, 2018

Sioux Falls Convention Center

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).


We are pleased to announce the South Dakota Department of Education - Special Education and the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association will once again co-present a day-long workshop. Below you will find the Registration Brochure link, the details of the speaker presentation as well as information on how to access to her handouts.  We look forward to seeing you all in October!

To REGISTER ONLINE for the 2018 DOE / SDSLHA workshop, click here.  Please note that pre-registration is required for this workshop.

To DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FLYER for the 2018 DOE / SDSLHA workshop, click here.  Please note that pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Presenter handouts:  Please note that once you have registered for the workshop you will be emailed the information necessary to access handouts. Handouts are not made public and are available only to those who have registered. Please be sure to print the handouts as they will not be made available for you at the workshop. 


Unlocking Literacy:

Effective Strategies for Decoding, Spelling and Vocabulary Instruction

Presented by Marcia Henry, PhD

Details:   Over 90% of English words come from three language origins - Anglo-Saxon (or Old English), Latin, and Greek. We will delve into the structure of words and how etymology, the study of word history and origin, influence instruction. We will concentrate on the role that phonemes (the sounds of a language) and morphemes (the meaningful prefixes, suffixes and roots) play depending on word structure and origin.

            Word structure as well as activities for context clues, dictionary/thesaurus use, semantic relationships such as antonyms and synonyms, and for figurative language will be addressed to improve and broaden vocabulary for all students in all subject areas.

            Frameworks for instruction, along with numerous instructional strategies and activities will be provided.

 Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for teachers, tutors, reading specialists, speech and language therapists, paraprofessionals and parents of struggling readers.