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Developing Phonemic Awareness in Learners (DAEXT717)

The Developing Phonemic Awareness in Learners training is a Specialist SpLD Practitioner CPD extension course that has been developed to extend the knowledge base and skills of specialist practitioners in important areas of practice.

This course is the second in a series of courses relating to the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP).  No prior knowledge of the programme is needed, though participants are expected to have a working knowledge of a structured, multi-sensory literacy programme or hold a qualification in specialist teaching or speech therapy.  Materials are provided online for participants to download and print as required.

Course content

The Developing Phonemic Awareness in Learners course demonstrates a strategic method of introducing learners with literacy-difficulties to the mapping of sounds to letters and letters to sounds.  Each learning point gives the practitioner key facts to ensure the smooth facilitation of learning and a range of resources to support the delivery of the new phoneme/grapheme. The standard learning points develop cumulatively in a highly structured way.  A method of delivering the extended learning points in a more individualised way is also demonstrated.

The course aims to give practitioners the confidence to create their own phonemic learning points using the extensive range of examples of strategies and resources provided within the unit’s substantial materials.

Learning outcomes:

  • Appraise the importance of dialogue and metalinguistic awareness in the development of phonemic awareness.
  • Develop precisely tailored learning resources to support understanding of phoneme-grapheme and grapheme-phoneme links.
  • Create a structured learning pathway to support phonemic awareness in learners with literacy-related difficulties.

How is the course delivered?

  • The course runs over a period of four weeks with the reflective task due at the end of the course
  • To get the most out of the learning experience we would recommend a minimum of 7.5 hours per week study time
  • An online tutor will offer discussion and support throughout the duration of the course
  • A Certificate of Verified CPD is produced for those participants who upload a Professional Practice Portfolio that demonstrates interaction with an understanding of the course materials (10 hours CPD total)

Entry requirements

The Developing Phonemic Awareness in Learners CPD course is part of a Level 7 SpLD practitioner extension programme and therefore participants must have already qualified as specialist SpLD teachers (ADG Dyslexia Guild or ATS/APS British Dyslexia Association).  Suitable qualifying courses include, but are not restricted to:

  • Dyslexia Action Professional/Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma qualifications in Dyslexia and Literacy
  • Dyslexia Action Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support
  • Dyslexia Action Alpha to Omega Level 4/5 course
  • Dyslexia Institute Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma qualifications
  • Hornsby Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Other BDA Accredited Level 7 Specialist Teaching qualifications

Individuals who do not meet the criteria but are interested in specialist teaching may apply to the Dyslexia Action Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support.

How much does it cost?

  • £285 +VAT for Guild Members paying online by debit/credit card at time of registration.
  • £295 +VAT for Non-Guild Members paying online by debit/credit card at time of registration.

Please note if you select the ‘pay later’ option an additional fee of £25 +VAT will be added to your invoice.  All monies must be received before the start of the course.

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Please note: This course is not suitable for those without some knowledge of specialist literacy teaching and a structured multi-sensory literacy programme.  Anyone who has recently studied the Dyslexia Action Professional programme – Module C (within the last 4 years) or Unit 3 of the Dyslexia Action Level 5 Strategic Teaching course will find that there is some overlap in content.

  • 20 November 2019 Book by 13 November
  • 27 May 2020 bookings open 21 November
  • TBC November 2020
  • TBC May 2021

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