About Language Works
The Language Works Spelling Program was developed in 1987 by an elementary teacher trained in the Montessori method. Today, it is widely used in many diverse educational settings throughout the country. With its emphasis upon hands-on learning, phonetic reading, independent progress and student success, Language Works has gained a strong following among educators from many backgrounds. Classroom teachers, special education teachers, ESL (English as a second language) instructors, home educators and Montessori teachers are all having success with Language Works.

The hands-on approach provides the sensory stimulation needed to make learning fun and engaging for all learners. The program is also designed to provide self-correction, making it ideal for independent learning environments, classroom learning centers or as an individualized tutorial aid.

Presenting English phonics in a truly unique way, the Language Works program gives students the phonetic building blocks needed to both read and spell. With Language Works, students experience real success with spelling, and teachers like the clear and comprehensive design of the program!

The Language Works program follows proven methods to teach beginning reading and spelling. A recent publication by the state of Illinois compiling reading research from the past 30 years has shed new light on which methods are most effective in teaching reading. Illinois’ Right to Read Initiative has helped determine which methods really work. It states:

Certain abilities must be developed that work together to create strong reading skills:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sound-Spelling Correspondence
  • Decoding Ability
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, and Writing Skills
The Language Works Program teaches all of these important skills.

Reading begins with learning letter sounds, followed by reading whole words, then reading sentences and stories. The Language Works Spelling Program provides a strong foundation in phonetic word analysis needed for future reading success. Research shows that good reading programs should present both phonics and a book rich environment as part of a well-rounded language curriculum.

Learning to read successfully begins with learning the sounds (not the names) associated with each alphabet letter. Learning to recognize and pronounce these phonetic building blocks is essential to both reading and spelling. In English, there are also combinations of letters that are pronounced together and can be taught in the same way as the single letter sounds. For example, the letter combination ew, as in chew, is the same sound as the oo in room and the long u in rule.

For beginning readers, reading and spelling are “flip sides” of the same coin, focusing on the mechanics of building words by blending a series of sounds together. Beginning to read involves decoding, or sounding out the letters to say a word. Spelling involves encoding, or writing the letters needed to build a word. While some children seem to learn to read (decode) with ease, they will require phonics in order to spell (encode) the words. But for most children, phonics provides the key to opening the door to the wonderful world of reading!

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