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Introduction to Structured Word Inquiry

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Course overview

Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) is an instructional approach that aims to deepen students’ understanding of the English language by examining the structure and history of words. Unlike traditional phonics-based methods that focus primarily on teaching letter-sound correspondences, SWI delves into the morphology, etymology, and orthography of words to uncover their underlying patterns and meanings.

This course took place in May 2023 via Zoom and was presented by Kimberly Sclarsky Downey.

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Welcome and introductions

Module One
– The word that started it all.
– Defining terms
– Challenges with O-G
– Syllable types and syllable division

Module Two
– Spelling instruction
– More on syllable division 

Module Three
– Are these words really irregular?
– The ‘red-letter’ method
– Homophones: a great resource
– Examples from Levels 3-6

Module Four
– An example from Level 8
– Q&A

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I had some questionas after dipping my toe into Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) as to whether it would be useful with Barton and if so, how to integrate it. Kimberly Sclarsky Downey offered a brilliant, interactive and easy to follow webinar which I participated in last weekend. I highly recommend attending if you are curious about words and better ways to help your students all while keeping fidelity with Barton.

Kathleen Van Every

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Meet Kimberly

Read Write Spell Right Principal Kimberly Downey delivers all our courses.

She creates educational webinars for other Barton tutors who — like her — are committed to updating their knowledge and sharing their own experience of working within this ever-evolving specialist dyslexia tutoring area.

Kimberly has achieved all possible Barton certifications and has since been exploring many other approaches to dyslexia remediation, including speech-to-print, structured word inquiry, and the role of ChatGPT.

Kimberly began running educational webinars in 2023 and continues to develop and grow this unique training program. 


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