Part 1 Course Curriculum

Orton-Gillingham (OG)
Multi-sensory Structured Literacy Part 1
Online Course

The focus of this introductory course is the instruction of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be implemented directly into your therapeutic practice for individuals, small groups or classrooms.

A comprehensive set of materials and manual is included in the course. Each participant will receive a 3-month membership to the Great Word House™ interactive lesson planning resource. You may begin your practicum immediately after completing this course.

In this 40-hour course trainees will learn:

  • Effective, research-based intervention strategies for teaching English to beginner learners in Kindergarten – Grade 1, ESL, ELL students
  • Diagnostic criteria for at-risk readers and spellers
  • Neurological underpinnings of dyslexia and students with Specific Language Disability (SLD)
  • Components of phonological awareness
  • Basic grapheme-phoneme correspondences
  • Teaching the alphabet
  • Teaching handwriting
  • Comprehension techniques
  • Fluency strategies
  • Spelling patterns, syllable types
  • Syllable division rules
  • Basic morphology
  • Spelling rules
  • The development of a comprehensive structured literacy lesson plan
  • Practical hands-on delivery of a multi-sensory language lesson
Teacher and student


Classroom Educator
The practicum is necessary for certification. You can sign up for practicum separately once the course is completed or you can sign up for the course and practicum together. The Classroom Educator practicum consists of 50 hours of lesson supervision and 5 lesson observations submitted digitally.

Part 1 Scope and Sequence

The sequence described below may vary depending on the prior training of the participants.

Module 1

  • Introduction to Structured Literacy and the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Identifying Students with Reading and Writing Delays
  • The Nature of Dyslexia: definition and neurobiological underpinnings

Module 2

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Auditory Discrimination
  • Basic Language Sounds: 44 Phonemes
  • Teaching Phonemic Awareness

Module 3

  • Teaching the Alphabet
  • Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondence
  • Alphabet Card Drill
  • Letter Formation

Module 4

  • Blending Drills
  • Closed Syllables

Module 5

  • Teaching Sight Words

Module 6

  • Role of Fluency and Prosody
  • Pre-reading Strategies
  • Teaching Reading Comprehension
  • Miscue Analysis

Module 7

  • Simultaneous, Structured Oral Spelling (S.O.S.)
  • Sentence Dictation
  • Structured Writing Exercises

Module 8

  • The Orton-Gillingham Lesson Plan Elements
  • Scope and Sequence

Module 9

  • Closed Syllables
  • Lesson Planning with Short Vowels

Module 10

  • Morphology: Basic Suffixes

Module 11

  • First Spelling Rules
  • FF-LL-SS-ZZ (Floss)
  • 111 Spelling Rule

Module 12

  • Magic “e” (VCe) Syllable
  • Drop Silent “e” Spelling Rule
  • R-controlled (Vr) Syllable
  • Lesson Planning

Module 13

  • Y to I Spelling Rule
  • Math Games

Module 14

  • Vowel Team (VV) Syllables
  • Syllabication: The Six Syllable Types
  • Syllable Division Practice

Module 15

  • History of the English Language
  • Anglo Saxon Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Lesson Planning with Great Word House™
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Teaching

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