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Structured Word Inquiry Sessions

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Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) Support

Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) is an enquiry and research-based approach to teaching vocabulary that is particularly useful for English language learners (ELLs) and students with dyslexia. The approach is based on the understanding that English words are made up of smaller units of sound, or phonemes, which can be blended together to form words.


One of the key features of SWI is the use of visual and auditory techniques to teach the meanings and pronunciations of new words. This can include the use of pictures, gestures, and hands-on activities to help students understand the meanings of words.


Another important aspect of SWI is the emphasis on teaching students how to decode, or read new words. This is accomplished through the use of phonemic awareness activities and phonics instruction, which help students learn the relationships between sounds and letters.

In addition to these techniques, SWI also emphasizes the importance of teaching students how to use context clues and other strategies to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words. This helps students become more independent and confident readers.

Students attend two 45-minute sessions per week.

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