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2 Day Seminars

Connecting Language Instruction: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking – Summer Institute 2020

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 may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 optional graduate credit
Dates/Time Price
July 13-14, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

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About the Instructor

Caitlin Parker

Caitlin worked as a consultant and is currently a seminar instructor for Landmark Outreach. Previously, her roles and responsibilities at Landmark High School included working as the director of the expressive language program, an academic advisor, and a full-time teacher and tutor. 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 University.

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