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Structured Literacy: A Focus on Phonemic Awareness, In-Person – Summer Institute 2023


  • Delivery mode: In-person
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section



Research verifies the importance of phonemic awareness (the ability to think consciously about and manipulate individual sounds within words) as a precursor to successful reading. Many students, especially those with language-based learning disabilities, need to be explicitly taught strategies to improve phonemic awareness skills. This 5-day course uses published materials developed by Charles, Patricia, and Phyllis Lindamood to teach participants how to identify individuals with poorly developed phonemic awareness, as well as enhance the student’s ability to perceive, compare, and manipulate sounds within words.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify weak phonemic awareness through the use of formal and informal testing
  • Determine whether phonemic awareness instruction is the appropriate intervention for a student based on testing
  • Help students discriminate similarities and differences between individual speech sounds (consonants and vowels) through a conscious awareness of the oral-motor movements required to produce them
  • Develop techniques students can use to perceive and represent the sameness or difference, number, and order of speech sounds both in sequences of isolated sounds and in syllable units
  • Explain how students can associate speech sounds with the alphabetic symbols that represent them, and use these sound-symbol associations to spell and read real words, including multisyllable words
  • Develop example lesson plans focusing on sounds, reading, and spelling for each level of instruction
  • Discuss how to integrate specific spelling expectancies and phonics tasks into phonemic awareness instruction  
  • Establish strategies to help students more efficiently read and spell; understand useful cueing techniques to help students use these strategies  
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how language is constructed at the sound, syllable, and multi-syllable levels  
  • Create a scope and sequence of phonemic awareness instruction based on learned methods



This course is appropriate for educators who work with all grade levels.



Materials will be provided on-site.



Graduate credit is included in course tuition and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

30 Hours/PDPs
3 Graduate Credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 10-14, 2023
8:30am - 4:00pm

This course is full.

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Beth Dietze, M.S. Ed.

Beth has taught within a variety of educational models, including inclusion, self-contained, bilingual, and ELL classrooms in both public and independent school settings. At Landmark School, she has taught a variety of courses and one-to-one language arts tutorials at both the elementary and middle school levels. She has also been a part of the Admission Department at Landmark School, where she evaluated the materials of applicants and administered academic screenings.  Beth has been involved in course development and instruction with Landmark Outreach Online. She has additional experience with online course instruction as an adjunct faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education. Currently, Beth is the reading supervisor, testing coordinator and an academic advisor on the ElementaryMiddle School campus. Beth has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from John Carroll University, a master’s degree in special education from Simmons University and a teaching endorsement in bilingual/ESL education from the University of Illinois.


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