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Structure of Language – Summer Institute 2019

This course will acquaint teachers with the structure of the English language and develop the connection between teacher knowledge of linguistics and the effective teaching of reading and spelling. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, and the structure of English orthography will be explored in depth. Semantics, and syntax will be touched upon.  Application to the teaching of written language will be emphasized throughout the course.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe the organization of written and spoken English across domains
  • apply this knowledge to analyzing and interpreting student errors in reading and spelling
  • plan instruction and measure student progress along a continuum of linguistic development



This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school levels.


Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs
3 graduate credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 22-26, 2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars contributed to their professional growth.

About the Instructor

Donna Sullivan

Donna spent her teaching career developing programs to serve those who do not learn easily when taught by established methods. She has always believed that issues around learning are more the result of teaching inadequacies than learning disabilities, and that as we learn more about differences in brain function, we need to adjust our teaching accordingly. She was the founding Director of the Commonwealth Learning Center in Needham, an instructor and program coordinator for the Simmons College graduate program in Special Needs, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Carroll School in Lincoln, and served most happily as Director of Reading Programs at Landmark  from 1998 to 2003. Currently retired, Donna maintains contact in the field by providing private tutoring services and consulting in the field of reading.  She holds a Masters in Special Education from Regis College, with former Massachusetts certification in elementary, middle school, and special education.

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