The International Multisensory Structured
Language Education Council

Multisensory Structured Language: Content & Principles of Instruction

MSL Programs: Content and Principles of Instruction

The goal of any multisensory structured language program is to develop a student's independent ability to read, write and understand the language studied.

According to the National Teacher Education Task Force of The International Dyslexia Association (formerly Orton Dyslexia Society) multisensory structured language programs should include the following content and be taught with the following principles of instruction.

  Principles of Instruction
Simultaneous
Multisensory
VAKT
Systematic
and
Cumulative
Direct
Instruction
Diagnostic
Teaching to
Automaticity
Synthetic /
Analytic
Instruction
Content: Structure of the English Language  
• Phonology and phonological awareness
• Sound / symbol association: visual to auditory, auditory to visual, blending and segmenting
• Syllables: types and patterns for division
• Morphology: basewords, roots, affixes
• Syntax: grammar, sentence variation, mechanics of language
• Semantics: meaning



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