MSL Training Courses

Professional Learning and Development

IMSLE Associate MSL Training Course: This dynamic training brings together the Science of Reading and Spelling equipping professionals with the knowledge and skills to take scientific research to educational practice. 

Entry: Bachelor Degree or Equivalent. Teachers in schools, educators, speech therapists. Teacher Aides and motivated parents may apply.

Specialist Key Learning areas include:
The skills required for reading and spelling (Neurological framework and communication systems)
How the phonological and othographic processors integrate with context and meaning 
The nature of dyslexia and reading (Neurological perspective)
Models of Reading and what they mean for educational practice (SVR, Scarborough's Rope, 4 Part Processor)
Dyslexia and the Brain (Underpinnings of dyslexia- cognitive and linguistic model)
Dyslexia Identification and profiling for effective instruction (Simple View of Reading,The Dual-Route Model)
Dyslexia self-efficacy ways to circumnavigate negative coping strategies

Scientific research leads to an appreciation of the practical component: 
-Scientific findings on effective reading and spelling instruction
-Components of effective reading and spelling practices 
 (What is taught and how it is taught)
What is Multisensory Instruction?
-Principles of Multisensory Instruction as an additional component to Structured Literacy
-IMSLE Exclusive Teaching Models why the how to teach is so important
Why Multisensory Instruction?

- What is it, how to implement it within a structured literacy approach
- Optimum input and output.
- Strengthening memory systems for optimum meaningful learning and retrieval
MSL Accredited Individuals (AMADA)

- Key attributes required to be an effective acredited MSL educator/therapist

Associate Course Description:

The Associate MSL course is designed for busy suitable professionals who require upskilling and specialisation in the MSL approach. The Associate course provides instruction based on a morpho-phonemic, linguistics based, structured and multisensory approach for teaching reading and all components of the "Big 6". MSL is a structured, systematic and cumulative approach involving intensive reinforcement. The 12 months course includes a guided practicum. IMSLE diagnostic tests and data collection is included to assist educators plan and monitor student progress. The Associate course also includes relevant required readings to ensure that trainees are well informed in the areas of literacy, language, dyslexia. The readings are research based and are being updated for 2024 training.

Suitable for all learners: RTI (Tiers 1, 2, 3) and MTSS Models.
Suitable for all settings: Prevention, Intervention and Remediation- through to teens and adults.

Science of Reading- A body of research: 

The IMSLE MSL course is embedded in SoR theory and provides a clear translation to MSL educational practice (what, how, for whom and when). MSL is supported by a team of muti-disciplinary researchers from the fields of neuro and cognitive sciences, linguistics, psychology, speech and education.                                                                                                    

Key research players include: Gough and Tunmer, Hollis Scarbough, Anita Archer, McClelland and Coltheart, Anne Castles, Charles Perfetti, Sally Shaywitz, Samuel Orton, Maria Montessori, Monroe, Jean Chall, Frith, Linea Ehri, David Share, Hooper, Norman Geshwind, Barbara Foorman, Arlene Sonday, Marilyn Adams, David Kilpatrick, Jospeh Torgesen, Keith Stanovich, Hugh Catts, Kerry Hempenstall, Louisa Moats, Stanislas Dehaene, Seidenberg and others.

Course Structuring:

The course is made up of 3 components. The 3 components are based on international standards of accredited training. Upon successful completion of all components individuals can apply for recognition and become accreditated via the Australian Dyslexia Association's accreditation,(AMADA) program: ADA recognition

1. 5 day intensive training-Mode face to face or zoom : A valuable 5 days of bridging research to educational practice whilst networking with other passionate attendees.

2. IMSLE Practicum: IMSLE Guided lesson plans to ensure that you are supported on the 'what to teach' and 'how to teach it". This component also includes student MSL diagnostics to help you plan for instruction, monitor and document student progress. Professional attendess will choose a suitable focus student as a case study to be approved as their practicum student. MSL assists all children who are struggling with apspects of literacy. A formal diagnosis of dyslexia to not required to start implementing MSL. If an approved parent is continuing on, they may nominate their own child for their practicum component. 

3. Required readings (reviewed for 2024): Selected relevant readings in the field will be sent after the 5 day intensive training. These include national and international reports/inquiries, articles and fact sheets on various topics of interest and relevancy. Summaries and personal response reflections are required. No essays or assignments are required.

Expected Associate IMSLE course completion: Minimum 12 months from last day of the 5 day intensive. Extensions may be granted beyond the 12 months, so long as communication with IMSLE has been frequent. It is expected that lessons are spread out over the 12 months period, covering a number of IMSLE Teaching models and skills.

Upon Completion of all course components: All work is marked by IMSLE and a transcript of results and a IMSLE certificate is issued for the 5 day intensive component. Successful candidates who have evidenced successfully completion of the IMSLE Associate course can apply to the ADA for individual accreditation by submitting the AMADA application forms.

The Associate IMSLE course is designed so educators can immediatley start to reach and teach students: The Associate MSL course is designed to for busy individuals, there is flexibility to complete the practicum and readings. There are no written essays or lengthy assignments. Trainees will be provided with a Step by Step plan upon completion of the 5 day intensive component along with access to a wide range of coursework documents. IMSLE offers on-going support and guidance via allocated experienced IMSLE Advisors. IMSLE also provides an exclusive support FB group for group support and networking for traineed and AMADA's only.

ONE Fee: The 12 months Associate MSL course fee is $2,500.00 AUS. The fee OFFERS suitable applicants all 3 components, there are no separate or ongoing fees. This course meets the ADA's guidelines for accredited Associate Membership (AMADA) 
Inclusions: MSL 5 day course materials, an extensive dropbox for MSL practicum guidelines including all IMSLE diagnostic tools and required readings in the field. There is also an option to join the exclusive private IMSLE FB group for further support, research and related resources (files section).
Qualification: Individual accreditation via the Associate Membership into the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA) MSL Recognition (AMADA)
Intake: Anytime course dates have been advertised on ADA or IMSLE websites unless a course has filled. Please check availability here

Disclaimer: All IMSLE courses and components are offered. The information provided is the most current available, however may be subject to change. Entry is via an application process and enrolment is offered to successful applicants. IMSLE usually acceps 1-2 suitable parents per course, a phone interview may be required to check suitability. Where a course has filled a wait list may be offered. Thank you for your interest in a dynamic career as an MSL Educator.                


Accredited courses offered by IMSLE:

Associate MSL 

The Associate course provides a solid foundation in understanding the Structure of the English language and how best to teach it. Areas covered for teaching and understanding include; phonology, orthography, etymology and morphologicial awareness. This course brings together education, linguistics, psychology and neuroscience.

Delivery: Face to face and online via zoom (live)

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Diagnostic Assessment and Reporting MSL

Successful completion of the Associate MSL course is a pre requisite for entry into MSL Diagnostician course. This course is suitable to approved AMADA's who want to expand their knowledge and skills of diagnostic assessment,interpreting and collating formative data, profiling for identification, instruction and report writing. 

Delivery: On-line

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