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Foundations of Reading: Print Skills

6 weeks | 24 hours

Did you know many adult learners, even those who can read and comprehend at higher levels, struggle with alphabetic skills and fluency? No matter what level learner you work with, this course will provide you with information about and strategies to help you incorporate alphabetic skills and fluency into your lessons. Participants in this course will leave with useful resources, a deeper understanding of how alphabetic skills and fluency affect comprehension, and experience contextualizing these skills into lessons. This course complements Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills.

In this course, we will be using Google Docs which is now part of the cloud-based file storage system Google Drive. There are several reasons to use Google Docs in our online courses:

  • the ability to collaborate on documents
  • the ability to access these documents readily once the course is complete and Blackboard is closed
  • the opportunity to become familiar with and practice using Google tools that can be used with learners in your classroom


Opening a Google Account

In order to participate, you need a Google account. It will be helpful to set up your Google account before the Foundations of Reading: Print Skills course begins.

GCFLearnFree provides excellent instructions on opening a free Google account. (Note: if you use Gmail, you already have a Google account.) Whether your account is new or old, be sure to check that you remember your username and password!

Course Expectations:
Taking an online course requires a time commitment, internet access, and weekly participation. Please refer to the course syllabus before signing up for an online course. The syllabus covers the course schedule, outline, and requirements. In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must submit all assignments on time. Learners that do not post for more than one week at any time during the course or who fall more than one week behind in their assignments, may be removed from the course and will be placed on “waiting list only” status for future online courses.

Preview the course syllabus.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $175. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to valrccourses@vcu.edu.

Course fee: $125 (Virginia grant-funded programs: $0)