Teachers Training: From Speaking to Writing


Helping Students to “Get Their Words Out and On Paper”:

Oral and Written Strategies for Supporting Paragraph Level Expression

Terrill Jennings (Ed.M., Founding Teacher of the Landmark School)

Due to the high demand, Lexicon Reading Center is offering this course again!

Program Description Through lecture, hands-on activities, and case-based discussion, this presentation will provide phonological, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph-level practical teaching strategies to help participants guide their teaching of students who struggle with narrative and expository expression. In addition, promising strategies for oral language rehearsal will be presented as well as innovative strategies for linking narrative elaboration with the expansion of ideas in expository writing.

Day 1: Through audience participation and lecture, the presenter will first illustrate basic concepts of executive functioning (EF) and working memory (WM) and show how they influence writing skills. The point will be reinforced that teachers need to think about their instructional strategies in order to ensure that such techniques systematically scaffold EF and WM. A brief review of the sub-skills that support written expression will follow.

Word and sentence processing will then be discussed and related to EF and WM. Semantic (word level) aspects of theme-centered vocabulary instruction will be described and illustrated through hands-on activities. Next, techniques for hierarchical development of sentence-level accuracy and automaticity will be outlined, and links between sentence-and paragraph-level skills will be described.

Day 2: The second session will begin with an explanation of the links between sentences in brief text, how one sentence creates a smooth flow to the following sentence. This strategy teaches cohesion and provides a direct link to paragraph development. The presenter will then share her most recent work, which explores strategies for successful elaboration within a personal narrative structure.

Day 3: The last session of the workshop will explore expository writing, especially the relevance of narrative sub-skills to the development of successful elaboration in expository writing. Strategies for linking narrative elaboration within the essay will be illustrated. While these latter methods are experimental, they have shown apparent success in classroom application. The presenter hopes to engage participants in critical analysis and gather their feedback.


 Who should attend this course?

  • Teachers
  • Special Educators
  • Language Therapists
  • Informed Parents

 The Speaker

Terry's Pic Terrill Jennings received her Ed.M. in Reading, Language and Learning Disabilities from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she had the privilege of studying under Dr. Jeanne Chall. Terrill is a founding teacher of the Landmark School and cofounded Landmark School’s Expressive Language Program. She has taught and directed language arts programs for children with dyslexia for more than forty years. She has authored two books on writing with her colleague Dr. Charles Haynes and is an accomplished presenter who has given workshops nationally and internationally. Recently, Terrill has been awarded the Alice B. Garside award by the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in honor of her significant teaching, research and writing contributions to the dyslexia community.

 Course Details


 3 Days  Total 15 contact hours. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, then from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


 22nd 23rd and 24th of April, 2017.


 Cosmopolitan AlBarsha Hotel, behind Sharaf DG metro station.


Lexicon Reading Center is a licensed Teachers Training Institute by KHDA

Course Fee 

  • Individual Registrations: 1500 Dirhams.

  • Group Registrations( 3 or more people):  1200 Dirhams.  

    The course fee covers the course materials and certificates of completion.

For registration please contact us via e-mail. Please RSVP to info@lexiconreadingcenter.org