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2 Day Seminars

Oral Language Skills: Processing and Production in the Classroom

This seminar will focus on the oral domains of language – listening and speaking – and their relationship to language-based learning disabilities. Although it is rarely directly taught, listening is arguably the most important language skill to possess in the current day classroom. Throughout the course of their day, students are required to listen to lectures, videos, conversations, questions, announcements and various other types of verbal language. To demonstrate their understanding in the classroom, emphasis is typically placed on quick hand-raising and oral responses to questions, turn-and-talks, and other spoken expression. This session will review topics such as: auditory and language processing disorders, oral expression weaknesses, the role of attention and working memory, and pragmatic language. It will also outline both teacher and student strategies and explain how to use them so as to benefit all students in your particular classroom.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe the oral domains of language (listening and speaking) and summarize their relationship to language-based difficulties in the classroom
  • identify the differences and similarities between language and auditory processing
  • describe the role that attention and working memory play with oral language challenges
  • connect pragmatic language disabilities to overall language use and understanding
  • evaluate their own language use and expectations and generalize strategies discussed in the session to their 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 23-24, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“This course really helped open my eyes to the different ways our students process and produce oral language. Caitlin was wonderful! She is energetic, smart, and full of awesome ideas!”

Jennifer Brandi

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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