The Foundations Targeted online workshops
The original workshop series - APRIL - MAY 2021
The topics of this series of 6 targeted workshops provide opportunities for consolidation of ‘the basics’ of Word Inquiry. If you have taken the Access workshop and would like to strengthen your understanding of the concepts and approach, or you are new to Word Inquiry, or studying with me, this set of targeted topics will set you on the pathway to guide students in developing their orthographic understanding.
- Finding Families - Tuesday April 20
- Attesting Affixes - Thursday April 22
- Grappling with Graphemes - Tuesday April 27
- Building Bases - Thursday April 29
- Collecting Compounds - Tuesday May 4
- Bound Bases - Thursday May 6
Dates and Times:
Each Targeted workshop is repeated to suit different timezones.
- Session A: 6:30 am Tuesdays and Thursdays Indochina time (Bangkok time). This is Monday and Wednesday afternoons/evenings in the US.
- Session B: 3:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indochina time (Bangkok time).
Please check the schedule to ensure you know the time and day in your region for each workshop.
Session A times
Session B times
Targeted Workshops Cost
Individual workshops: $35 USD approx.(charged as $270 HKD)
The Foundational Series of 6 workshops: $175 USD approx. (charged as $1,350 HKD). Register for the series and get 6 workshops for the cost of 5 plus 3 free lesson plans from a choice of 12.
To register, choose the workshop series, or workshops, that best suits your learning needs and your time zone, click on the button below and proceed as requested. You will then be emailed specific details.
The Foundations Targeted Workshop Series - Session A, APRIL - MAY 2021 - 06:30 Indochina Time
The Foundations Targeted Workshop Series - Session B, APRIL - MAY 2021 - 15:00 Indochina Time
The Foundations workshop details
<fairly> <fairy> <unfair>? Are they all morphologically related? What about <archery> - <monarchy> or <dictionary> - <dictator>?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in identifying words that are morphologically related. We’ll start with some seemingly simple words and look at clues you can give your young or inexperienced word inquirers. We’ll also examine some words that will have most of us wondering if they are related or not and talk about ways to determine the relationship with greater confidence.
<water>, <faster> <wander> <drawer>? When is an affix an affix?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in determining if what you think is an affix (prefix or suffix) actually is functioning as an affix within the words you are analyzing. We’ll start with high-frequency affixes that are fixed to free bases and develop criteria for decision making. We’ll then use this to examine some words whose structure is more obscure.
Grappling with Graphemes
<s>, <ou> and <tch> - Is there an order to introduce graphemes?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in determining the varying function of letters while discussing ways to build your students’ knowledge of grapheme-phoneme correspondences and marker letters. We’ll start with a simple activity called ‘Grab a Grapheme’ and look at a range of activities to introduce novice learners to letters and all they can do. Along the way we’ll encounter some less well-recognised graphemes.
<w.a.sh>, <t.ou.ch>, <f.a.c.e>, <wh.y>, <t.w.o>, <wh.o.l.e> How do you know what the letters are doing if you can't 'hear' them?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in determining how letters function within free bases. Learning how to analyze a base to recognise when letters work together to represent a speech-sound and when (and why) they are ‘silent’ can be challenging. Although the focus will be on supporting younger and less-skilled readers and writers, the understanding will stand all educators in good stead.
<leadership>, <battleship>, <carpet>, <universe>, <kidnap>? What actually is a compound word?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in identifying compound words and knowing how they fit into word families. Many teachers I work with worry about how to decide what is and isn’t a compound beyond the obvious ones like handbag. And if handbag is a compound what about shopping bag or string bag? And how do we know whether it’s ice cream, ice-cream or icecream?
<prediction>, <visualisation>, <equality>? How do you decide the base?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in identifying bound bases and knowing the difference between a bound base and a root. We’ll start with some bases that can easily be determined and have some guided practice using Etymonline as it will become a useful addition to your toolkit. Along the way we’ll talk about the differences between etymologically and morphologically related words.
Everyone is welcome! While the Targeted workshops are designed for those who already have some level of training and experience, anyone can attend.
All workshops will be run online via Zoom. After registration, and prior to the session, you will receive the details to join the meeting. If you have never used Zoom before you will be guided to download it prior to the meeting. Respectfully, I ask that you have one person only per registration - and therefore one person to a device. Email me if you wish to register 2 people and sit together with one computer.
There will be a 10-minute window prior to each workshop when participants are encouraged to join the meeting and a 10-minute window at the end of each workshop when interested participants can remain and ask further questions.
terms and conditions
- Refunds will only be provided for cancellations 24 hours or more prior to the workshop.
- Participants are responsible for ensuring they can use the online platform satisfactorily.
- Workshops are not to be recorded by participants.
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