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Symposium Series: Language: The Missing Piece of Academics

DateFriday, March 10th, 2017
Time 9:00am to 3:30pm
Course Number1057
LocationThe Film House at Main Street Landing
60 Lake Street
United States
Course Description

It is surprising that language has not been more deserving of our attention. Listening is, after all, the way in which children learn from their elders and from their teachers. Their strength as listeners and speakers has important implications for their ability to understand content, whether it be language by ear or language by eye.

This workshop will focus on language as a skill in its own right, a skill that not only supports social interaction, but one that has the potential to foreshadow problems with reading comprehension and writing long before children have mastered the basic phonics skills. Participants will learn about the structure of language, the role that language plays in reading, writing, and math, how it is assessed, and activities to promote language development.

This workshop is part of a three-part Symposium Series:

Online registration ended on March 7, 2017.
Please call 802-878-2332 to register.


Melissa Farrall, Ph.D., SAIF

Program Manager for Evaluations

Melissa Farrall, Ph.D. is the author of “Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition,” and the co-author of “All About Tests & Assessments” published by Wrightslaw. Melissa Farrall previously worked as an educational consultant for St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH, before becoming Program Manager for Evaluations at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. Dr. Farrall received her doctorate from Brown University in 1981 in the area of Slavic Linguistics. She received her Master’s Degree from Rivier College in Learning Disabilities in 1994, and her certification as a Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning in 1999. Dr. Farrall worked as a learning disability specialist in the public schools for several years. She has worked with the International Dyslexia Association at both the national and branch levels. Dr. Farrall lives in Milford, VT with her husband, her dog, and her cat.

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My Professional Learning course at the Stern Center provided great strategies and pertinent information about the structure of our language. It is nice to have information that I can use immediately in my day to day instruction.

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