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Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers

Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers

by Louisa Cook Moats

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One of the most popular and influential reading textbooks of the past 10 years gets a comprehensive update in this highly anticipated second edition, straight from renowned NCTQ-recommended expert


SAVE 10% when you order the text and workbook together!

One of the most popular and influential reading textbooks of the past 10 years gets a comprehensive update in this highly anticipated second edition, straight from renowned NCTQ-recommended expert Louisa Moats. Updated meticulously with the very latest research, the new edition of this bestselling text helps elementary educators grasp the structure of written and spoken English, understand how children learn to read, and apply this foundational knowledge as they deliver explicit, high-quality literacy instruction.

With extensive updates and enhancements to every chapter, the new edition of Speech to Print fully prepares today's literacy educators to teach students with or without disabilities. Teachers will get

  • in-depth explanation of how the book aligns with the findings of current scientific research on reading, language, and spelling
  • expanded information on the critical elements of language, including orthography, morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics, and syntax
  • new and improved exercises teachers can use to test and reinforce their own knowledge of language content
  • teaching activities that help teachers connect what they learn in their coursework with what they'll be doing in the classroom
  • new chapter objectives that make it easier to plan courses and review key concepts
  • more samples of student writing to help teachers correctly interpret children's mistakes
  • expanded sample lesson plans that incorporate the language concepts in the book
  • a cleaner, easier-to-navigate layout

A core textbook for every preservice course on reading instruction, this accessible text is also perfect for use in inservice professional development sessions. Educators will have the knowledge they need to recognize, understand, and resolve their students' reading and writing challenges—and improve literacy outcomes for their entire class.

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Reveals the connection between language structure and how students learn to read, and shows how to apply concepts of phoneme awareness, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension in sample lesson plans and adaptations. Information will help educators identify, understand, and solve problems students with or without learning disabilities may encounter when learning to read and write. Appendices provide case studies, sample lessons plans, word lists, spelling inventories, and a glossary. Moats is affiliated with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David Coker

"This text has been instrumental in deepening teachers' linguistic knowledge and improving their understanding of reading instruction. The second edition incorporates up-to-date research while providing a range of rich examples of how to put this knowledge into practice."
LETRS National Trainer, author, LETRS Foundations: An Introduction to Language and Literacy; Next STEPS in Literacy - Deborah R. Glaser
"Teachers will deepen their knowledge and application of reading basics and literacy through Speech to Print's accessible, self-guided lessons. A must have for inservice and preservice teachers."
Immediate Past President, International Dyslexia Association - G. Emerson Dickman
"Speech to Print is the treasure map that Louisa has provided teachers to point the way from research to results. This second edition adds shading and nuance that gives teachers unparalleled understanding and insight. My only regret is that the thumbed, earmarked, and highlighted copy that has become such a friend will be put aside while I begin to thumb, earmark, and highlight the second edition."
Associate Dean for Graduate Program Development; Professor of Literacy Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology, Texas - R. Malatesha Joshi
"An essential book . . . Dr. Moats has done an outstanding job of integrating research and application from the field of literacy. Required reading for teachers as well as for those who prepare them in the colleges of education."
Southern Methodist University - G. Reid Lyon
"Simply the most brilliant and informative example of how effective instructional practices are informed by converging scientific evidence."
author, Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction; former president, The International Dyslexi - Marcia K. Henry
"Includes all a teacher needs to know about the English language in order to teach reading and writing . . . a must-read for all teachers."
Senior Research Associate, The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, Vanderbilt University - Peabody Colleg - Susan M. Smartt
"Just when you think Louisa Moats can't improve on her cache of professional development writings for teachers, she drops another literacy gift in our laps. This new book . . . weaves the latest research on language, reading, writing and spelling seamlessly with practical classroom application."
Vanderbilt University - C. Melanie Schuele
"[Speech to Print] is always front and center on my reference list. I look forward to recommending this revised edition. If every educator mastered the content of this volume, I am sure that our instruction and intervention efforts would be much improved."
University of Rhode Island and Haskins Laboratories - Susan Brady
"Speech to Print has long been a mainstay in my courses on reading - the second edition expands and strengthens this valuable resource. The content truly is essential for educators and specialists responsible for helping students succeed at learning to read."
The Midwest Book Review-California Bookwatch
"Provides a winning survey for elementary educators."

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Meet the Author

Louisa Cook Moats, Ed.D., has published many book chapters, journal articles, and policy papers on reading instruction. Formerly Project Director at the District of Columbia Public Schools site of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Early Interventions Project, Dr. Moats is now an independent consultant and writer who specializes in the professional development of teachers of reading and writing. Dr. Moats spent the 1996-1997 school year as a visiting scholar at the Sacramento County Office of Education, where she authored and presented leadership training materials on early reading for the California State Board of Education. These materials are now required content in all of the professional development programs conducted under Assembly Bill 1086 in California. Dr. Moats received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, her Master of Arts degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and her doctorate of education in reading and human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She worked as a teacher, neuropsychology technician, and specialist in learning disorders prior to her doctoral training. She was a licensed psychologist in private practice for 15 years in Vermont and a graduate instructor both at Harvard and at St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, where she developed innovative courses for teachers linking the disciplines of linguistics and reading education. Specializing in reading development, reading disorders, spelling, and written language, she has written and lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad. She has taught courses in teacher education at the Greenwood Institute in Putney, Vermont, and at Simmons College in Boston. Her publications include this text's companion workbook, Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2003); journal articles; book chapters; a classroom basal spelling program; a book titled Spelling: Development, Disability, and Instruction (York Press, 1995); and a book for parents, co-authored with Susan L. Hall, Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference in the Early Years (Contemporary Books, 1999).

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