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2 Day Seminars

Connecting Language Instruction: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

Language-based learning disabilities affect students’ abilities to complete language tasks in multiple domains, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This seminar will focus on receptive and expressive language and the interconnectivity of oral and written processing and production. Frequently, adults working with students who are diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia, do not realize that a student who struggles to read will often struggle equally with other domains of language. Students who struggle with reading – whether it be challenges with decoding, fluency, or overall comprehension – often have difficulties with other language skills that need to be understood, accommodated, remediated, and taught. This session will explain the connection between all aspects of language and describe how to create a skills-based language model that addresses all students’ language needs, not just reading. Educators will learn practical teaching strategies and classroom techniques that promote individual student success in all domains of language. Emphasis will be placed throughout the presentation on the interconnectivity of all the language domains and how a reading disability can affect them all.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • summarize each language domain and describe the interconnectivity between them
  • informally assess their current reading and/or language programs and integrate multiple language skills into their teaching
  • apply strategies and concepts from the session to their own classroom


This course is appropriate for educators of all grade levels.



Participants wishing to receive 1 graduate credit for this course must bring payment of $200 on the first day of the seminar. Payment must be made via credit card or check made out to Fitchburg State University. Cash or Purchase Order will not be accepted for this payment.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs, 1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
Dates/Time Price
July 25-26, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“Such an eye-opener! Had no idea the impact listening, speaking, reading and writing can have on a child. The seminar was amazing! Caitlin is a passionate speaker. She is very organized and personable. The faculty and staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The lunch and snacks, beverages were thoughtful and phenomenal!”

Tracy Pimentel

About the Instructor

Caitlin Parker

Caitlin began working for Landmark in 2007 as a full time teacher and tutor.  She currently works as an educational consultant and graduate course instructor for Landmark Outreach, and as a course developer and instructor for Landmark Outreach Online. Previously her roles and responsibilities at Landmark High School included the Director of the Expressive Language Program and academic advisor. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with her bachelor’s in psychology and education, and she has her master’s degree in special education from Simmons College.

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