Bruce Howlett

Integrated Language-Literacy Lesson Developer, Author - Sparking the Reading Shift For decades, I've created lessons that reunite language and literacy by integrating phonemic, orthographic, morphological and semantic development. This determines literacy growth for 7-y/o+ students. In each lesson students read, spell and write multisyllabic words and complex sentences with ease.

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Teaching reading is challenging with dozens of components that must be squeezed into our busy days. Language-literacy development simplifies instruction by integrating the four major components of spoken language with their connections to written words. The strength of this language integration largely predicts and determines reading, spelling and writing success.

In this presentation you will learn the A-B-E-C approach to creating long-term literacy growth for six-to-sixteen-year-olds. From the very first A-B-E-C lesson, challenged readers experience success with a broad range of language-literacy skills, from word recognition to sentence construction. They learn to actively play with the four major components of spoken language and Orthography in an integrated manner by:

1.     A - Analyzing words and recognize patterns that support word solving strategies, so unfamiliar words are recognized as composed of familiar Phonemic (sounds), Orthographic (spellings) and Morphological (meaningful) parts, greatly expanding vocabulary, spelling, and sight word abilities. 

2.     B - Building whole words from a large variety of P, O and M word parts, creating meaningful words - Semantics.

3.     E - Expanding these words into multisyllabic words by adding syllables and morphemes which strengthens word recognition and vocabulary abilities.

4.     C- Combining words into complex phrases (going to the store, in a while), and sentences – Syntax -- which is the key to long-term literacy success.

The A-B-E-C approach is based on the integrated language-literacy abilities that empower early readers. These students often go on to develop deeper literacy abilities including spelling, fluency and comprehension with equal ease. When frustrated, disinterested or underperforming readers develop these linguistic abilities their confidence grows along with their reading, spelling and writing.

This approach further eases learning by using cognitive learning principles that reduce repetition and learn-and-forget instruction. Wouldn’t you like more of your students to be as easy to teach as your strongest readers and writers? 

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Move From Teaching Reading to Language-Literacy Development

26 June 2024, 07:00 PM
Bruce Howlett