TRAINING EDUCATORS

TO BOLDLY TRANSFORM THE TEACHING OF LITERACY

Investigate Language through Orthography

Improve reading, writing and spelling while developing critical thinking.

Optimize and expand the knowledge of bilingual learners to achieve biliteracy.

We are inspired by and collaborate with a worldwide community of linguist scholars.

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Training and Professional Development

"How to Teach Sight Words" Everyone Reading Illinois workshop
RAiSE-Resource Association in Special Education, District 102, LaGrange, Illinois
District 181, Hinsdale, Illinois

North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois
The Latin School, Chicago, Illinois

The Cove School, Northbrook, Illinois

School District 157C, Frankfort, Illinois

     Grand Prairie Elementary K-2

     Chelsea Intermediate 3-5

     Hickory Creek Middle 6-8

School District 102, LaGrange, Illinois

School District 101, Western Springs, Illinois

School District 202, Lisle, Illinois

School District 114, Manhattan, Illinois

Parent University - LaGrange, Illinois

ESSA Conference Chicago 

IEngage, South Berwyn District 100

Everyone Reading Illinois Conference presenter - 2018, 2019, 2020

International Dyslexia Association - Ohio Valley - Spring, 2021

Sponsor:

CONFERENCE - ORTHOGRAPHY AND STRUCTURED WORD INQUIRY - February 28, March 1, March 2, 2019

     Plan on joining us in Fall of 2021 for the Second Annual CONFERENCE - ORTHOGRAPHY AND STRUCTURED WORD INQUIRY!

     Stay tuned for details......

LANGUAGE INSIGHTS PROVIDES LITERACY TRAINING BASED ON A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO LANGUAGE

Language Insights was established to boldly transform the teaching of literacy by using a scientific approach. We provide professional development in orthography. Orthography is the optimal writing system of a language based on understanding of the interrelation of morphology, etymology and phonology. This training complements any literacy program.

LANGUAGE INSIGHTS: CLIENT SERVICES

Markedly improves reading, writing, vocabulary and spelling while developing critical thinking based on scientific inquiry.

Services

Customized to meet individual needs

DISTRICT-WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

HANDS-ON TEACHER TRAINING
Full Day
Half Day
Five Day
Ongoing Support

INTERACTIVE MODEL LESSONS
Classroom
Small Group
RtI
Tier 1, 2, 3; Special Education

VIDEO CONFERENCING
Flexible Scheduling
Global

BOARD OF EDUCATION, ADMINISTRATION or PARENT GROUP
Introductory Presentations

Training

Workshops and Seminars Available - K-2; 3-5; 6-8

TRANSFORM YOUR TEACHING OF SIGHT WORDS
Spellings are related to origin and meaning not memorization

EXPLORE LATIN AND GREEK ORIGINS: ETYMOLOGY
Expand vocabulary
Improve grammar, writing and fluency

EXPLORE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND THE BRIDGE TO ENGLISH FOR MULTI-LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Link language acquisition through morphology and etymology

BOOST COMPREHENSION THROUGH MORPHOLOGY
Investigate Prefixes, Bases and Suffixes

PHONEME/ GRAPHEME CORRESPONDENCE
All you ever need to know about phonemes/graphemes to
improve reading, spelling, fluency, comprehension

HANDWRITING: THE PATHWAY TO LITERACY
Eliminate reversals
Investigate the interconnectivity of writing and literacy

 WORKSHOPS 

What You Need to Know to Effectively Teach Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary

but Never Learned in Teacher Training.

These comprehensive workshops will expand, enrich and complement literacy or language arts program already in use.  

Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Resource Teachers Reading Specialists, Tutors and Administrators will benefit from these workshops.

 

Instruction linked to specific Common Core Standards for Reading and Language Arts 

Language Insights reserves the right to cancel any workshop with full refunds given. 

 

Workshop A.     Kindergarten and Grade 1 
Foundational Reading Skills and Structured Word Inquiry

Reading Phonology and Morphology:

  • Go beyond phonics and discover phoneme-grapheme correspondence

  • Enhance any reading program

  • Understand the foundations of phonology

  • Learn to use morphology; prefixes, bases, suffixes​

  • Teach "sight words" by using word origin and meaning without rote memorization​ 

  • Improve fluency without drill and kill 

Script - :​Connect script to early literacy skills

  • Eliminate Reversals

  • Learn to improve reading, spelling, and story telling through script.

Workshop B.    Grades 1, 2, 3,    
Improve Reading, Fluency, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Critical Thinking

  • Learn to use Structured Word Inquiry to improve literacy

  • Move beyond one syllable words with morphology

  • Expand your knowledge of grapheme-phoneme correspondence

  • Learn how spelling conventions impact reading and spelling

  • Hands-on activities to use in classrooms from day one 

Workshop C     Grades 4 and up
Using Word Structure to Improve Literacy Skills in the Advanced Grades

Teach Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary while Developing Critical Thinking

Fundamentals of morphology and etymology

  • Use analysis of word structure to support advanced reading skills 

  • Learn to use explicit instruction in orthography (spelling) to improve reading comprehension and content knowledge

  • Learn to boost students’ literacy achievement by incorporating morphological instruction

  • Link Latin and Greek roots to English words

  • Investigate vocabulary from all content areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Strategies and activities for classroom instruction will be provided

MEET YOUR LANGUAGE INSIGHTS TEAM

Our Talent

Mary McBride

LanguageInsights team member Mary McBride has taught in the US and overseas in Singapore, Dubai and Japan. She has worked as a reading specialist, resource and classroom teacher and private tutor. Mary has home-schooled both gifted and challenged students. Currently she is a Literacy Coach in a Chicago suburb.

Mary has provided teacher training workshops, classroom model lessons and has developed curriculum. She holds an advanced Orton-Gillingham certification and a MA in Special Education in Learning Disabilities.

Ellen Meyer

LanguageInsights team member Ellen

Meyer brings an expertise in

phonology, etymology and morphology

and holds an advanced certification in

Orton- Gillingham. She has presented

numerous workshops for

administrators, teachers and parents.

Currently, she is a trainer and 

consultant in a Chicago suburb.

Ellen excels in working with dyslexic

and learning disabled students. She

currently serves as an active board

member of Everyone Reading Illinois.

Of late, the words <metonym> and

<ennui> have sent Ellen into deep

word investigations.

We provide practical solutions for achieving success in literacy. We have 20+  years combined experience in classroom and intervention settings. We are experienced trainers of English Language Learners. Our expertise is in developing reading, writing and spelling along with critical thinking. 

 WORKSHOPS 

What You Need to Know to Effectively Teach Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary

but Never Learned in Teacher Training.

These comprehensive workshops will expand, enrich and complement literacy or language arts program already in use.  

Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Resource Teachers Reading Specialists, Tutors and Administrators will benefit from these workshops.

 

Instruction linked to specific Common Core Standards for Reading and Language Arts 

Language Insights reserves the right to cancel any workshop with full refunds given. 

 

All Grades from Elementary through Junior High School 
Foundational Reading Skills and Structured Word Inquiry

Learn the Interrelateness of Phonology, Morphology and Etymology within Our English Orthography.:

  • Go beyond phonics and discover phoneme-grapheme correspondence

  • Enhance any reading program

  • Understand the foundations of phonology

  • Learn to use morphology; prefixes, bases, suffixes​

  • Relate the etymology of Latin and Greek roots to our English orthography 

  • Teach "sight words" by using word origin and meaning without rote memorization​ 

  • Improve fluency without drill and kill 

Script - :​Connect script to early literacy skills

  • Eliminate Reversals

  • Learn to improve reading, spelling, and story telling through script.

email us to schedule:  languageinsights.us@gmail.com

Training and Model Lessons 
Designed for Teachers, Interventionists and Administrators

   Are you new or ready to go deeper with Structured Word Inquiry?
   Are you making gains with your current literacy program?

   Are you implementing Structured Word Inquiry in your private practice?
   Are you using phonology, morphology and etymology to build reading     comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, spelling?   
 

  • Use morphology in your teaching

  • Understand that spelling is totally logical

  • Expand your knowledge of grapheme-phoneme correspondence

  • Learn how suffixing conventions (there are only 3!) impact reading and spelling

  • Build hands-on activities to use in classrooms from day one 

  • Foster curiosity, improve spelling and comprehension, link grammar and build fluency

  • Develop critical thinking for all students across content areas 

     

       Zoom interactive video workshops available as well as on-site training and model lessons.

      Contact us for options

      email: languageinsights.us@gmail.com

       phone: Mary McBride 708-408-2026

      

    JUNE 12, 2021 - THE LOGIC OF SIGHT WORDS

Grades 4 and up
Using Word Structure to Improve Literacy Skills in the Advanced Grades

Teach Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary while Developing Critical Thinking

Fundamentals of morphology and etymology

  • Use analysis of word structure to support advanced reading skills 

  • Learn to use explicit instruction in orthography (spelling) to improve reading comprehension and content knowledge

  • Learn to boost students’ literacy achievement by incorporating morphological instruction

  • Link Latin and Greek roots to English words

  • Investigate vocabulary from all content areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Strategies and activities for classroom instruction will be provided

Email us to schedule:  languageinsights.us@gmail.com

Teach Sight Words without rote memorations, tricks, gimicks, and flash card drills!

This comprehensive workshop will focus on reading and spelling high frequency words. Rather than relying on rote memorization, learn how to connect a word’s meaning, structure and origin to understand spelling.  Parents, teachers, tutors, reading specialists, will benefit from this single session workshop!

  • What about the spelling of <love> <have> <give>?

  • What about the spelling of <was> when they spell it *wus?

  • Why is <they> not spelled *thay? 

  • What about the spelling of <their> and <there>? 

  • What about <want> and <what>? 

  • Why is <much> not *mutch?

  • Why the <w> in <two>? Or an <o> in <people>?  

  • Understand the spellings of <does> and <done> - not *dose and *dun! 

  • What about the spellings of <very> and <vary>?

  • And many more!

Time - 9:30-11:30  Eastern Standard Time (NY)

How - Zoom Live Video in real time

When - June 12, Saturday

Payment - VENMO 

                 - check or school invoice accepted

                 - email us at:   languageinsights.us@gmail.com

CONTACT LANGUAGE INSIGHTS

Mary McBride 708-408-2026
Ellen Meyer 708-602-0297

TESTIMONIALS

Hear what Administrators, Teachers and Parents are saying about Language Insights!

"There is more structure to the English language than I thought at the beginning of the workshop! I know more about etymology than I thought. This can be valuable for any student of any age."

Administrator

"The English language MAKES SENSE!!!! Also, I loved the word matrices that were shared. Finally, I loved the exploration/inquiry format. It really kept us engaged and inquisitive!

Literacy Coach

"I am excited to move from a traditional spelling program/workbooks to this more inquiry based learning model."

Classroom Teacher

"Thank you for the very informative session. I am fascinated with what you presented. The history of letters and their usage was fascinating."

Parent

WORLD WIDE NETWORK OF COLLEAGUES

REAL SPELLING

See "The Real Spelling Gallery " for short films, tutorials on a range of topics.
Join in with live video conferencing for orthographic scholarship in the "Spellinars" section.

GINA COOKE-LINGUISTIC EDUCATOR EXCHANGE - LEX

LEX author Gina Cooke strives to provide accurate linguistic information and reliable logical strategies for teachers and learners of the English language in search of evidence about English and its instruction.
See the Lexinars tab for online seminars for language professionals and others interested in the facts about written English.
online seminars for language professionals and others interested in the facts about written English.

PETE BOWERS-WORDWORKSKINGSTON

Peter Bowers, PhD, is the founder of the WordWorks Literacy Centre in Ontario, Canada. For most of his ten years as an elementary school teacher in international schools and in Canada, Peter shared the common view that English spelling is highly irregular and full of exceptions to be memorized.

See upcoming workshops in SWI with Pete Bowers

VISIT OTHER COLLEAGUES

"Teaching the Logic of Sight Words"
Our workshop on teaching "sight words" without rote memorization. 
Set your day and time for this 2 hour workshop.
Contact us for more information: languageinsights.us@gmail.com