Fluency is an essential element of every reading program along with phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary instruction. In order to comprehend fully what is read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading silently or aloud.
In this course, educators are introduced to strategies to teach students to read more fluently, to assess the student’s fluency, and to design a program for fluency that blends well into the overall literacy program. Embedded throughout the course are state standards and how fluency is addressed by the standards. Participants will also explore some strategies for helping English Language Learners achieve fluency. As a cumulative course assessment product, participants will create a portfolio of resources for students and design one fluency lesson plan or unit.
Goals and Objectives
This course will enable participants to:
- Deepen their understanding of fluency development and how it is an integral part of a comprehensive literacy program;
- Recognize characteristics of a fluent reader and a disfluent reader;
- Implement varied independent and group strategies to improve fluency;
- Assess students’ fluency to inform further classroom instruction and track progress;
- Become familiar with the State Standards for English Language Arts that address fluency for relevant grades;
- Understand strategies for helping English Language Learners achieve fluency;
- Develop a set of classroom plans for fluency instruction and assessment that also address standards.
7-week course divided into one-week sessions
- Each session includes readings, activities, online discussion forums, and assignments;
- The time for completing each weekly session is estimated to be 6-8 hours;
- Total hours to complete course is about 72 hours;
- All resources are embedded in the course;
- A cumulative course assessment product is completed throughout the course.
Each course has the option to be taken for content learning only or for graduate credit. If you choose the graduate credit option you will pay the university directly for the graduate credit processing fee. Graduate course credit fees range. You will be provided the link to register for credit directly through the university once you complete the purchase for the course content through CLOI’s website.
This course is for educators to provide them with an understanding of phonics, spelling instruction, and appropriate approaches for promoting phonics skills. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and proficiency with email and current Web browsers.