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Etymology & Morphology 101: Why We Can’t Just Teach Phonics

May 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


IDA-GA 2022 Outreach Webinar – Free and Open to the Public

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Certificates of Attendance will be available for this webinar. 
Note: Our presenter is an OGA Fellow-in-Training. This means attendees who are certified by OGA can include the COA from this presentation in their documentation of contact hours for renewal of certification through the Orton-Gillingham Academy. 


“Why can’t she remember that 2 is spelled two even after we’ve done S.O.S. (simultaneous oral spelling) so many times?”  Maybe we need to teach her WHY it’s spelled that way! Come to this fun session to learn the power of having a deeper knowledge of our English language and how it can improve your instruction.

These topics will be covered in order to help tutors and teachers have a deeper understanding of English so they can teach our morphophonemic language.  It will cover both Etymology and Morphology:

* Basics definitions (morphology, etymology, orthography, etc)

* Demonstration of how words with similar spellings have similar meanings

* You can start early, even in first grade: two, twelve, twin, twenty, etc.

* How vowel sounds change as we add morphemes

* What is schwa & how can we teach students to look out for it

* What are the accenting patterns?

* How morphophonemics helps us spell: electriC –> electriCian

* Knowing meanings of morphemes helps us spell: ACcept vs. EXcept

* Short history of English

* Identifying words of French, Latin, Greek, and Anglo Saxon origin

* Free vs. Bound morphemes

* Lexical vs. content words (in vs. inn)

* Words ending in long i (die vs. dye)

* Common Latin base elements

* Connectives

* Reason for silent letters

* The influence of the scribes

* Tools that help instructors (e.g., etymonline)

Our Presenter

Janet Street has worked with dyslexic learners at The Schenck School for 21 years.  She has taught 3rd, 4th and 6th grades and is now serving as the Outplacement Director.  She is a Fellow-in-Training and has taught hundreds of parents, tutors, and teachers about the English language and how to use the Orton-Gillingham approach to help students learn to read and spell.  She is the proud daughter, sister, and mother of talented and successful dyslexic people.


May 4, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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