Just Words Workshop Descriptions

Wilson Language Training® supports educators with the goal of achieving program fidelity and increasing student success. The following courses provide practical application of reading research and will prepare teachers to teach Just Words® in an intervention setting in grades 4-12 and adult education programs.

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Virtual Format

Just Words Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)

Just Words® Virtual Launch Workshops (instructor-led) provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Just Words curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input during the spring/early summer of 2020. It was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussions throughout each session.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Just Words: phonics and word study (phonemic awareness, six basic syllable types in English, spelling rules, common Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes), vocabulary study, and high frequency words;
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities using multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback; 
  • Identify and understand the use of all materials in the Just Words Teacher’s Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available on the Intervention Learning Community for Just Words (membership included with participation in this workshop); 
  • Use the Instructor Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures; 
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Just Words lesson completed with fidelity; and 
  • Identify which students may be appropriate for a Just Words class, and understand how to assess students’ progress in the class by using Progress Checks at the beginning of each Unit and Unit Tests at the end.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (4 instructional hours)

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In-Person Format

Just Words Introductory Workshop

Just Words is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4–12 and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention. The Just Words curriculum provides a sophisticated study of word structure appropriate for students beyond the elementary grades. It provides direct and explicit teaching of “how English works” for both decoding and spelling automaticity.

This 10-hour workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Just Words curriculum.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Understand the research base of the why and how of Just Words instruction;
  • Understand characteristics of a student who is appropriate for a Just Words class;
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that incorporates review, repetition, feedback, and multisensory instruction to engage multiple learning modalities;
  • Identify the skills taught in Just Words: word study (phonemic awareness, six basic syllable types in English, spelling rules, common Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes), vocabulary study, and high frequency words;
  • Use the Instructor Manual’s Unit structure and materials, prepare a daily learning plan, and practice lesson activity procedures; and 
  • Administer Progress Checks at the beginning of each Unit and Unit Tests at the end in order to assess students’ progress.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

Two consecutive days (10 hours)

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Just Words Screening and Placement Workshop

Student identification and proper student placement is critical to the success of a Just Words class. The program is designed for students and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention. It is recommended that the Test of Silent Word Reading Fluency-2 (TOSWRF-2) and the Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST) are appropriate measures for screening and placing students in a Just Words class. This half-day workshop prepares educators to use these measures and provides background information and hands-on practice administering the tests.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Understand the importance of proper student placement in a Just Words class;
  • Name the steps to identify and place students in a Just Words class;
  • Identify the purpose of the Test of Silent Word Reading Fluency-2 (TOSWRF-2) and how it can be used to help screen for Just Words placement;
  • Identify the purpose of the Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST) and how it can be used to appropriately place students in a Just Words class;
  • Understand how to administer and score the TOSWRF-2 and WIST; and
  • Properly identify and group students in a Just Words class using the TOSWRF-2 and WIST.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

Half day (3 instructional hours)

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