Class outlines for Educators
"Let’s Teach Our Children to Read"
Authored by Dr. Barbara Swaby

The classes for teachers are divided into ten classes with several modules within each class. There are 43 modules in all with over 15 hours of multimedia instruction for the development of teachers within this learning system. This instruction is supported by a literacy discussion board where teachers have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from Dr. Barbara Swaby.

Class 1: What is Reading?

Objectives:
To present to teachers a definition of reading and instruction.

Expectations:
Learn the definitions of reading and reading instruction
Learn the critical components of reading.

Modules:
15 min - Module 1: Definition
25 min - Module 2: Components of Reading

Class 2: What’s Important in a Reading Program?

Objectives:
To present to teachers the six mandatory components of a Reading Program

Expectations:
Identify the six mandatory components of a Reading Program
Discuss basic strategies used to implement and extend each component

Modules:
32 min - Module 1: Reading TO Children
25 min - Module 2: Reading TO Children and Reading WITH Children
16 min - Module 3: Reading WITH Children; Reading BY Children and Shared
Reading
11 min - Module 4: Shared Reading and Content Area Reading
26 min - Module 5: Integration of the Language Arts

Class 3: What is Important in a Reading Lesson?

Objectives:
To present to teachers the eight components within an instructional reading lesson

Expectations:
Identify each component of a reading lesson
State the rationale for each component and discuss specific strategies appropriate for use within each component

Modules:
20 min - Module 1: Overview and the Review Component
18 min - Module 2: Vocabulary Introduction
26 min - Module 3: Preparation for Reading
27 min - Module 4: Quick Skill Review; Oral Reading
25 min - Module 5: Silent Reading
18 min - Module 6: New Skill Instruction; Closure

Class 4: How to Instruct Vocabulary

Objectives:
To present to teachers information relevant to the four types of vocabulary and to provide for them instructional strategies for the development of each vocabulary type.

Expectations:
Identify each of the four types of vocabulary
Discuss specific instructional strategies to be used in the development of each of the four vocabularies

Modules:
31 min - Module 1: Listening Vocabulary
12 min - Module 2: Speaking Vocabulary
23 min - Module 3: Reading Vocabulary
22 min - Module 4: Reading Vocabulary
23 min - Module 5: Reading Vocabulary; Writing Vocabulary

Class 5: Instructing Word Analysis

Objectives:
To present to teachers information relevant to the understanding of and the instruction of Word Analysis Skills

Expectations:
List the five Auditory Battery Skills
Discuss the training of each specific auditory skill
Explain the Phonic Line
Discuss word analysis skill instruction

Modules:
28 min - Module 1: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning
26 min - Module 2: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning
19 min - Module 3: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning
26 min - Module 4: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning – The Phonic Line
26 min - Module 5: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning – The Phonic Line – Visual
Auditory Integration
26 min - Module 6: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning – The Phonic Line – Visual
Auditory Integration
22 min - Module 7: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning – Visual Auditory
Integration, Skill Instruction
23 min - Module 8: Prerequisites for Phonic Learning – Skill Instruction

Class 6: Facilitating Literal Comprehension

Objectives:
To provide for teachers a definition of literal comprehension, to explain the factors that contribute to literal comprehension and to present specific strategies for the development of a variety of literal comprehension skills.

Expectations:
Define literal comprehension
Explain the factors that contribute to the understanding of literal information
Discuss specific strategies that may be used in the development of literal comprehension in children

Modules:
24 min - Module 1: What Contributes to Literal Comprehension?
25 min - Module 2a: What Contributes to Literal Comprehension?
29 min - Module 2b: What Contributes to Literal Comprehension?
24 min - Module 3: Developing Literal Comprehension Skills

Class 7: Facilitating Non-Literal Comprehension

Objectives:
To provide for teachers a definition of non-literal comprehension, to explain the factors that contribute to non-literal comprehension and to present specific strategies for the development of a variety of non-literal comprehension skills

Expectations:
Define non-literal comprehension
Explain the factors that contribute to non- literal understanding
Discuss specific strategies that may be used in the development of non-literal comprehension in children

Modules:
25 min - Module 1: Extending Children’s Thinking

Class 8: Diagnosis

Objectives:
To present to teachers a working definition of diagnosis, to identify the different types of learners and to present strategies to be used in the diagnosis of decoding and comprehension problems

Expectations:
Present and discuss a working definition of diagnosis
Explain the different types of learners and the characteristics of each
Discuss specific strategies that may be used in the diagnosis of decoding and comprehension problems

Modules:
24 min - Module 1: Definition
25 min - Module 2: Definition – Types of Learners
22 min - Module 3: Types of Learners
23 min - Module 4: Diagnosis of Decoding Issues

Class 9: Remediation

Objectives:
To provide for teachers a basic framework for the understanding of the concept of remediation and to present strategies to be used in the remediation of vocabulary, literal comprehension, non-literal comprehension, fluency, print structure, concept/content and analysis deficits

Expectations:
Explain the concept of remediation
Discuss in detail specific strategies to be used in the remediation of the following skill deficits: Vocabulary, Literal-Comprehension, Non-Literal Comprehension, Fluency, Print Structure, Concept/Content, Analysis

Modules:
20 min - Module 1: Remediation of Vocabulary Deficits
25 min - Module 2: Remediation of Vocabulary Deficits; Remediation of Literal
Comprehension
25 min - Module 3: Remediation of Literal Comprehension; Questioning
24 min - Module 4: Remediation of Fluency Issues
32 min - Module 5: Remediation of Print Structure Issues
11 min - Module 6: Remediation of Concept/Content Issues
26 min - Module 7: Remediation of Analysis Issues

Class 10: Oral and Silent Reading

Objectives:
To provide for teachers the purposes of oral and silent reading and guidelines for the development of appropriate oral and silent reading skills in children

Expectations:
Provide and discuss the purposes of oral and silent reading
Discuss the functions of the Error Analysis Chart
Discuss in practical detail a variety of guidelines for the appropriate treatment of instructional oral and silent reading

Modules:
37 min - Module 1: Oral Reading – Purposes and Guidelines
12 min - Module 2: Silent Reading - Purposes and Guidelines

Parent Presentation

The class for parents is divided into six modules. There are over 2 1/2 hours of multimedia instruction to give literacy tools to parents. This instruction is supported by a literacy discussion board where parents have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from Dr. Barbara Swaby.

Objectives:
To show parents the joy there is in being involved in the literacy growth of their children
To help parents see the value in home literacy
To help parents gain an understanding of the process of reading in a non-technical and non-threatening manner
To provide for parents several strategies that may be used to encourage and support reading in their children
To help parents see the natural relationships that exists between school and home

Expectations:
Understand the "Reading To" process
Understand the "Reading With" process
Understand the "Reading By" process
Understand the relationships that exist between oral and written language learning
Facilitate word analysis learning in their children
Facilitate sight word learning in their children
Facilitate comprehension development in their children

Modules:
42 min - Module 1: Introduction – Discussion of Literacy
35 min - Module 2: Reading TO Children
44 min - Module 3: Reading TO Children
45 min - Module 4: Reading TO and WITH Children
43 min - Module 5: Reading WITH Children
28 min - Module 6: Reading WITH and BY Children