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Promoting Word-building and Sentence Analysis Skills in Learners (DAEXT718)

This Specialist SpLD Practitioner CPD extension course has been developed to extend the knowledge-base and skills of specialist practitioners in important areas of practice.

Promoting Word-building and Sentence Analysis Skills in Learners

This course relates 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.

Course content

This course covers learning points associated with punctuation, syntax and suffixing.  It provides practitioners with a structured and meaningful approach to literacy tuition.  It demonstrates how to develop meta-linguistic awareness in learners, so that learners can identify some key word classes and units of meaning within words (prefixes and suffixes).  Spelling is also examined in this unit, especially within the context of unaccented syllables – a key area of difficulty for many learners.

Learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the importance of meta-cognition when developing punctuation skills and sentence analysis in learners
  • Critically examine the efficacy of a set of learning points designed to enhance suffixing skills in learners
  • Strategically support the spelling of vowels in unaccented syllables

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

This 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 bookings close 13 November
  • 27 May 2019 bookings open 21 November
  • TBC September 2020
  • TBC March 2021

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