Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction

Learn how to teach decoding and spelling with structured literacy instruction!

This is a 15h, online, on-demand course available on IDA's Learning Portal.
Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction

Pre-service students can register for free.  A certificate of completion is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Students must be currently enrolled in an education degree program in Ontario.

*NEW* Coaching Manual

Jan MacLean and Jennifer Harrison, two of the authors of the Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course, have written a comprehensive Coaching Manual for the course. If you have taken the course and would like to coach a group of colleagues this manual is a very useful guide. The document includes, for each unit, a suggested meeting agenda, activities, worksheets (with answer rubrics), and discussion topics to guide and enhance participants’ learning.  Sincere thanks to Jan and Jennifer for this generous gift to IDA Ontario.

What Teachers Say About This Course

“The decoding process was beneficial; I learned how to structure a phonics lesson and help my learners progress with a proper sequence”.

“I have a better understanding of the majority of the rules of English and will be better able to assist students learning to read and spell”.

“I have a better understanding of decodable texts and how my students should read them”.

“I learned strategies to go about teaching students letter sounds, blends, digraphs etc. It is very useful to also see the scope and sequence of when it may be appropriate to introduce different pieces of the code."