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Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Fourth Edition
Edited by Judith R. Birsch and Suzanne Carreker
Brookes Publishing / Softcover / Aug 2018
9781681252261 (ISBN-10: 1681252260)
Language Arts & Disciplines / Early Childhood Education
price: $118.50
920 pages
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This comprehensive text prepares today's educators to use specific multisensory approaches that improve struggling students' language skills and academic outcomes in elementary through high school.

Keep up with the latest on the highly respected multisensory teaching approach to literacy with this new fourth edition, a complete update of the bestselling textbook adopted in colleges and universities across the country. The most comprehensive text available on multisensory teaching, this book prepares today's educators to use specific evidence-based approaches that improve struggling students' language skills and academic outcomes in elementary through high school.

Educators will get rich background information on the systems and structures of the English language, plus a deep dive into the what and how of Structured Literacy Instruction. They'll also find practical strategies and guidelines on all aspects of language and literacy instruction, including planning effective lessons, connecting research with practice, conducting and interpreting assessment, understanding the emotional side of learning disabilities, and more. An essential reference and professional development resource to keep and use for years to come, this book gets educators ready to be thoughtful, skilled, and compassionate teachers of reading and language arts.


• New chapters on pre-kindergarten literacy, executive function, and math learning disabilities
• Content now aligns with the 2018 IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and prepares students for the IDA certification exam
• Updated with the latest research in the field
• New insights and guidance on technology woven throughout the book
• Online companion materials and resources for many chapters
• More student-friendly features (see below)

SELECTED TOPICS COVERED: structured literacy instruction * oral language development * pre-k literacy * alphabet knowledge * phonemic awareness * decoding * spelling * handwriting * fluency * vocabulary instruction * reading comprehension * composition * assessment * executive function * math learning disabilities * effective learning environments * lesson planning * instruction for English language learners * instruction for older students and high-functioning adults

STUDENT-FRIENDLY FEATURES: Chapters now include learning objectives, an end-of-chapter Knowledge and Skill Assessment, reflection questions interspersed throughout, and new vignettes and case studies. The online companion materials feature sample lesson plans, answer keys, and other resources for further reading and reference.

Listed by the National Council on Teacher Quality's 2020 Teacher Prep Review as one of 10 textbooks that comprehensively and rigorously cover the scientific basis and instructional elements of the five essential components of effective reading instruction!

Explore the companion activity book!

About the Editors:

Judith R. Birsh, Ed.D., Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Qualified Instructor (QI). Dr. Birsh's enduring belief that well-prepared, informed teachers are the major influence on effective instruction in the field of reading and dyslexia had its beginning in 1960, when she met her first student who, although 18 years old, read poorly. The quest to find answers to this puzzle led her to a master's degree in remedial reading and a doctorate in reading and language at Teachers College, Columbia University. After training with Aylett R. Cox in Dallas, Texas, she became a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor, founding and directing the Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills courses at Teachers College in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Program in Learning Disabilities. Since her retirement in 2000, Dr. Birsh has maintained her commitment to teacher preparation by editing the first three editions of Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, and co-editing the fourth edition with Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D. Dr. Birsh has given professional development workshops, consulted with private and public schools, written articles, and worked with students with dyslexia. In 2008, she received the Luke Waites Academic Language Therapy Association Award of Service and the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Dyslexia Association.

Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D., CALT-QI, joined Lexia Learning in 2015 as Principal Educational Content Lead, where she spearheaded the curriculum design of a groundbreaking reading program for struggling adolescent readers. Her career includes 28 years at Neuhaus Education Center, a nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas. She co-edited the fourth edition of Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2018) with Judith Birsh. In 2018, Dr. Carreker was the recipient of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association for her commitment to excellence and advocacy for people with dyslexia.


Kay A. Allen M.Ed., Virginia W. Berninger Ph.D., Susan H. Blumenthal Ed.D., Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Elaine Cheesman Ph.D., Nancy Cushen White Ed.D., Carolyn DeVito M.A., Mary Lupiani Farrell Ph.D., Katherine Garnett Ed.D., Monica Gordon-Pershey Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Nancy E. Hennessy M.Ed., Marcia K. Henry Ph.D., Larry E. Hess Psy.D., Judith C. Hochman Ed.D., Betsy MacDermott-Duffy M.S.Ed., Eileen S. Marzola Ed.D., Graham F. Neuhaus Ph.D., Lucy Hart Paulson M.S., Ed.D., Eve Robinson M.S.Ed., Jean Schedler Ph.D., Robin Anderson Singer M.A., Lydia H. Soifer Ph.D., Gloria Trabucco M.A., Colleen Uscianowski M.S., Barbara A. Wilson M.Ed., Beverly J. Wolf M.Ed.

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