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3rd Edition

Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers

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Louisa Cook Moats

  • Speech to Print
  • Speech to Print
    Prepare primary teachers to deliver explicit, high-quality literacy instruction with this third edition bestselling textbook.

344 pages
ISBN: 9781681253305

For two decades, Speech to Print has been a bestselling, widely adopted textbook on explicit, high-quality literacy instruction. Now the anticipated third edition is here, fully updated with ten years of new research, a complete package of supporting materials, and expanded guidance on the how of assessment and instruction in today’s classrooms.

Filling a critical gap in teacher preparation courses, Speech to Print supplies K-12 educators with in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of language - fundamentals they need to deliver successful structured literacy instruction. Renowned literacy expert Louisa Cook Moats gives current and future teachers comprehensive, accurate, and accessible information on the underpinnings of language instruction, including :

  • the history of the English language and its effect on spelling
  • English phonology, including speech sounds and their distinctive features
  • how print represents speech in English
  • the morphological aspects of words
  • syntax and its instruction
  • how meaning is conveyed with language

Through case studies, activities, recommended teaching principles, and close analysis of real-world student work samples, teachers will also receive invaluable insight into how their students should be taught. Ideal for use in preservice courses and in-service professional development sessions, this essential textbook will give educators the strong foundation they need to teach language and reading skills to students with and without disabilities.

What's New:

  • Introduction explaining why it’s essential for reading teachers to learn this content
  • Information on language and reading instruction now incorporated through out all chapters
  • Expanded content on applications to instruction: Topics include frameworks for instructional planning; how to present and teach concepts about language; how to interpret student work samples and responses; selection of programs and curricula; and problem‐solving when students are slow to respond to intervention
  • Answer keys for in-chapter exercises moved to end-of-chapter to improve usability
  • Writing style and chapter structure are more undergraduate-friendly; some of the more technical linguistics content streamlined/removed; additional graphics to illustrate key concepts

Online Companion Materials:

  • Video demonstrating production of speech sounds, to accompany Chapter 2, Phonetics: The Sounds in Speech
  • Sample syllabus
  • PowerPoints to accompany each chapter
  • Answer keys to final chapter quizzes in workbook

Table of Contents

About the Author




Chapter 1 Why Study Language?

Chapter 2 Phonetics: The Sounds in Speech

Chapter 3 Phonology: Speech Sounds in Use

Chapter 4 The Structure of English Orthography

Chapter 5 Morphology for Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary

Chapter 6 Syntax: How Sentences Work

Chapter 7 Semantics: Word and Sentence Meaning

Chapter 8 Structured Language and Literacy Instruction