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Are you seeking effective strategies to build word consciousness and support the development of strong literacy skills? Effective reading comprehension requires the presence of both word decoding and language comprehension. Join Sarah Curry for this hands-on, interactive workshop and explore the foundations of word consciousness, diving into Gough and Tunmer's Simple View of Reading and the five facets that support the acquisition of oral language including phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics. and pragmatics. Get ready to kickstart your approach to literacy instruction and foster a love for words in your young readers! Sarah’s expertise in literacy instruction will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to empower your students with a rich vocabulary that will fuel their literacy journey. 

This is workshop one of three for the series titled “Building Oral Language and Vocabulary in the Elementary Classroom.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Understand the role of word consciousness in enhancing young readers’ reading skills. 
  • Explore Gough and Tunmer’s Simple View of Reading and its implications for literacy instruction. 
  • Discover practical strategies for incorporating the five facets of oral language acquisition into your teaching. 
  • Gain insights into how to adapt these strategies to meet the diverse needs of your students. 


Participants will respond to discussion prompts throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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