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Working Together to Support Elementary Students' Academic Language Knowledge (Live Webinar) (PD102699L)

Presenter(s): Carla L. Wood, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Live broadcast (one-time viewing only): Thursday, December 14, 2023, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Last chance to sign up: December 14, 2023, Noon, Eastern time

Can't participate in the live broadcast? Check out the on-demand version, available through the ASHA Learning Pass subscription or as an a la carte purchase.

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Students who learn and think differently commonly struggle with academic language knowledge, and class time for single vocabulary word instruction is limited. Meanwhile, SLPs have unique knowledge and skills for fostering improved vocabulary and morphological knowledge to enhance literacy outcomes, but we are often underutilized on literacy instruction teams. This webinar will discuss ideas to overcome these challenges. The speaker will review key academic language components that influence literacy outcomes, outline effective strategies to enhance elementary students' academic language performance, and deliver actionable tips for collaborating with educational personnel to support students' literacy outcomes.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe effective instructional strategies for supporting students' academic language 
  • Give examples of classroom-based activities that provide opportunities for bolstering morphological knowledge with guided practice and feedback
  • Identify effective teaming strategies for collaborating with educational personnel on literacy instruction


  • Brief  review of problem and influencing factors (10 min.)
  • Overview of academic language and morphological knowledge (20 min.)
  • Effective instructional strategies for enhancing literacy outcomes (30 min.)
  • Active stretch break with a question to consider or respond to in the chat (5 min.)
  • Examples and practice (20 min.)
  • Teaming tips and essentials to collaborating with educational personnel (20 min.)
  • Review of key concepts and Q&A (15 min.)

Presenter Information

Carla Wood, PhD, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a Professor and the Director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. Her teaching and research engagement focuses on child language development and disorders, with specific emphasis on language and literacy interventions for underserved students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has been a certified speech-language pathologist for over 25 years, which included working in elementary schools and early intervention.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by December 16, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar: December 14, 2023
1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102699L
Available Through: December 24, 2023