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Virtual WELLS-3: Working with English Language Learners

ESC-20 provides training and technical assistance for professionals serving student with dyslexia. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words.

Academic Performance
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Important Session Information:

Training will be held virtually and will be presented by Valley Speech. 

WELLS: Working With English Language Learners

The WELLS program is a transition to English program. It can help teachers, dyslexia specialists, special educators and speech and language therapists to provide a systematic and explicit approach for teaching English language and literacy skills to Spanish-speaking English language learners. The program addresses an evidence-based approach to literacy by including the 5 components of literacy.

1. Phonological Awareness
These lessons are designed to address the 22 new sounds of English which are particularly helpful for Spanish-speaking ELs


2. Phonics
Lessons are designed to address the cross-linguistic transfer points between Spanish and English.

3. Fluency
Reading fluency activities are included for Spanish-speaking ELs. Each reading fluency practice begins with a warm-up for reading words, phrases, and sentences. The components of language are woven into the reading fluency lessons.

4. Vocabulary
Vocabulary activities are provided and include words which are similar in English and Spanish. The lessons are designed around thematic units which make it easier for students to learn words.

5. Comprehension
Students have the opportunity to use the WOW program for increasing word and world knowledge, as well as oral language and comprehension skills.

Participants must have available the WELLS-3 Program Kit for training  

  • Please contact Valley Speech to purchase material; or (956) 504-2200 if you need to purchase.


If you need ALTA hours, please click this link and log into your ALTA account to submit your request.  Per ALTA, “applications must be received 3 weeks prior to the event; CEU hours will only be approved in advance.


Registration ends at 12:00 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2024

Session ID:
Credits Available:
(12) CEU
(12) CPE - TEA Provider #015950
Seats Available:
Contact Person:
Goldie Tappan
Goldie Tappan
Date Time Location
8/28/2024 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Education Service Center Region 20 - Virtual 19
1314 Hines, San Antonio, 78208
8/29/2024 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Education Service Center Region 20 - Virtual 19
1314 Hines, San Antonio, 78208

1314 Hines San Antonio, TX 78208 | Phone: 210-370-5200 | Map

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