Certificate in Supporting At-Risk Preschoolers in Literacy

Intakes
April, November
Public : $1070.00
DAS Parents : $963.00

"The course is very useful in creating awareness of early intervention and provides good advice and tips to educators and parents/ caregivers. I am more aware of the stages of development of a child's speech and language abilities, and how getting early intervention is crucial in ensuring that the child does not face more difficulties later on in life. Although it was online, I still felt like part of a class (not isolated). The lecturer ensured that we were engaged and had opportunities to interact with one another." - Nurul 'Asyiqin binte Mohsain, DAS Staff (Nov 2020)

 

Course Lecturer

Elizabeth Lim

 

About the Course

This course aims to enrich participants' theoretical and practical knowledge for teaching preschool learners of specific learning differences who are at risk for literacy difficulties by helping participants grow in their understanding of how to do early identification and intervention with these preschool learners.

The course is designed to help participants gain competence in teaching the basic letter-sounds of English through the delivery of phonics lessons. Participants will become aware of Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), and other co-occurring issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyspraxia, which can affect the learning of literacy skills in preschoolers, and be introduced to some practitioner-friendly assessment tools and intervention strategies which can be incorporated into lesson planning.

 

Target Audience

The target audience may be teachers who need specific strategies in supporting preschool learners struggling to develop pre-literacy or early literacy in the classroom, or parents who want to support their children at home, or other professionals and specialists who support preschoolers diagnosed or suspected of having learning differences

Learners who may benefit from the strategies shared in the course include :

Learners in Preschool or lower Primary level who may be struggling to learn the letters of the English Alphabet and their sounds, or struggling to decode words phonetically or read simple sight words. 

 

Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise how Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), and other co-occurring issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyspraxia,   may manifest at the preschool age and affect literacy skills development

  • Integrate their knowledge of the early building blocks of literacy

  • Use practitioner-friendly assessment tools in order to carry out screening/informal assessment of a preschool learner suspected of having literacy or other difficulties.

  • Articulate the correct basic letter-sounds in the English Language.

  • Apply Orton-Gillingham principles to lesson planning and the teaching of reading, writing and spelling.

COURSE DELIVERY

DAS Academy will be delivering the course with dual-mode of learning; face-to-face or online via live-stream on Zoom. Please indicate your preferred mode of learning in the registration form. Please note that you will not be allowed to change your preference once the registration is completed.

 

ASSESSMENT

  1. Online Quiz  
  2. Learner Case-Study and Written Report with Lesson Plan

* (Written Assignment due 20 working days after the last day of the course)

Note: Assessment is compulsory for students taking this module as part of the Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for SpLD

CERTIFICATION AWARDED

 

  • A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who attain at least 75% attendance and successfully pass the assessment.
  • A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who attain at least 75% attendance but do not wish to undertake the assessment.

 

*Course will be postponed if the minimum number of participants is not met

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