Sample 3-Day Training Workshop
Don McCabe, Noted Author of
To Teach a Dyslexic
The Patterns of English Spelling
Training Workshop Schedule (PDF)
Do you know someone who is Dyslexic?
Do you know someone who has a reading
Don McCabe, the author of
To Teach a Dyslexic,
The Patterns of English Spelling and over 30
other books will be presenting a seminar Oct 17-18-19 on how
to use AVKO materials and techniques. Those who attend will
receive certification as an AVKO tutor.
4:00-4:05 Welcome, overview, and introduction by Susan
4:05-4:10 Collection of written questions that the
prospective tutors and/or tutor trainers would like to have
answered. A volunteer will write them on an easel during the
4:10-4:20 Classic definitions of dyslexia translated into
4:20-4:30 Fonnix Ken Bea Phun Pre-Test.
4:45-5:00 Logic and dyslexics. Why teaching LEFT to RIGHT is
WRONG! AVKO’S TRAINER RULE #1: How a word sounds at its
beginning depends upon its ending!” So, NEVER say, “Sound it
5:00-5:15 The linguistic concept of Sandhi or synaloepha
extremely important but never taught in the colleges of
education or even recognized by the IRA & IDA.
5:15-5:30 Mechanics of English Spelling: The Simple vs. the
See pages 131-146; 182-190 SPECIAL CHARTS & FLASH CARDS
5:30-6:15 BREAK FOR DINNER
6:15-6:30 The Insane words from wont to victuals to tsk,
6:30-6:45 The Tricky words from reed/Reid/read/red to
affect/effect, its/it’s etc.
6:45-7:00 AVKO Rule #1 -
“HOW A WORD SOUNDS AT ITS BEGINNING DEPENDS UPON ITS
ENDING!” So NEVER say, “Sound it out.”
#2 – WE CAN REMEMBER ANYTHING IF WE FORGET IT ENOUGH TIMES.
7:15-7:30 three different words spelled h-a-v-e see p. 261.
7:30-7:45 The I/Y Identical Twins and the U/W Identical
Twins + Never
Drop a Y!
7:45-8:00 Teaching English from scratch.
10:00-10:15 Basic Tutoring Techniques. We start on time. We
don’t believe in punishing people who are on time by making
them wait for the chronically late.
10:15-10:30 The handwriting connection to reading.
Sequential Spelling demonstration with dyslexic students.
10:45-11:00 Almost Open Question and Answer period.
Questions that were submitted earlier will not be addressed
at this time because they most likely will be answered later
on. This period is for new questions as the result of what
has already been presented
11:15-11:30 A Comprehension Test for Good Readers Who Know
the Importance of Context Clues.
11:30-11:45 AVKO RULE #3:
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A WILD GUESS.
11:45-12:00 Complete Use I Before E Rule.
12:00-12:45 BREAK FOR LUNCH
12:45-1:00 Fonnix Ken Bee Phun Kwiz Repeetid
1:00-1:15 Comprehension: What is it? Methods that don’t
work. Methods that do. Methods to avoid: A Monk Swimming
or Our Father Who Art in Heaven Harold be Thy Name
KEYBOARDING, A METHOD OF TEACHING READING AND SPELLING
1:45:2:00 The New Word Families in Sentence Context or how
to develop you own to help students learn to think in and
create sentences in English
2:00-2:15 Sequential Spelling: How to create your own.
Everybody will make their own individual two week sequence
for a student of theirs.
2:15-2:30 Using The Patterns of English Spelling as a
2: 30-2:45 VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT, traditional methods plus
3:00-3:15 HOLDER OF THE FOLDER, p. 360. Participants will
need to bring one file
folder, one old American magazine, and
a yellow highlighter
3:15-3:30 Training of Parents to help in the tutoring
3:30-3:45 Readings for Fluency. Using a computer to make
4:00-4:15 READING SPEED, FLUENCY, AND COMPREHENSION
4:15-4:30 The Case of the Invisible Y,
4:30-4:45 The Mind/Body Connection. Body language and the
power of suggestion
4:45 -5:00 BREAK
5:00-5:15 Using the Reading Teacher’s List of Over 5,000
Basic Words and Individualized Spelling
5:15-5:30 Questions that were submitted at the beginning of
the first session
5:30-5:45 Summary and wrap up Question/Answer period.
5:45-6:00 Sayonara, auf wiedersehen, ciao, dos sveedonya, au
3:20 – Break
3:30 – Using the Reading Teacher’s List of Over 5,000 Basic Words
and Individualized Spelling.
4:00 – The Case of the Invisible Y or Why is there
a y in you and youth but not in union?
4:20 – Break
4:30 – The Complete Use I Before E Rule.
5:00 – Summary and wrap up Question/Answer period.
5:30 – Sayonara, auf wiedersehen, ciao, dos
sveedonya, au revoir.
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