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Language-Based Classroom: Elementary – Summer Institute 2019

Individuals with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) generally have significantly reduced language capabilities that not only make learning difficult but also may affect performance in the social arena. This course includes an overview of the characteristics of language-based learning disabilities and the best practices for language-based instruction that enable students to learn and perform more successfully in today’s classrooms. Participants will investigate and discuss the efficacy of creating an elementary language-based classroom that can meet the needs of diverse learners. Practical strategies, activities, and techniques for presenting skills-based content will be shared, discussed, and practiced as a group. A concise overview of current research in the field tied to classroom practice that any educator can implement will be provided.

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • define the term “language-based instruction” and assess its efficacy in meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • define and integrate the basics of language-based instruction into daily classroom work
  • explain effective cueing and questioning strategies for use in the classroom or at home
  • list effective teaching principles, strategies, and recommendations for language-based instruction and academic planning
  • explain how to advocate for the implementation of best practices recommended by research for educating students with language-based learning disabilities


This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary school level.

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 15-19, 2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

"Everything was excellent. Ann was an excellent, knowledgeable instructor. I look forward to returning again in the future! And I will encourage other teachers from my school to come!"

Jenneth Scharlach

About the Instructor

Ann Larsen

Ann has been working professionally in the field of language-based learning disabilities since 1977. Her responsibilities over the years at Landmark School have included: assistant director of admission, academic dean at Landmark High School, academic case manager at Landmark Elementary•Middle School, dean of women students, and language arts teacher and tutor. Ann currently consults with public, private, and charter schools across the country regarding evaluation, academic planning, and program design, development, and implementation for children with language-based learning disabilities. Ann is a graduate of Smith College, with former Massachusetts certification in elementary education and special needs administration.

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