Sponsored by the Association of Specialists in Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (ASAIF)


The Spell of Language: A literacy program that teaches the basic skills necessary for reading, spelling, and language


Jean C. Tucker , M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Chris Culver, M.Ed., CAGS

Lisa Zack-Swasey, M.Ed., SAIF, CAGS


Date:   Saturday,  May 19, 2018                                                                      Location: Hartmann Learning Center

Time:   8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                                                                                      1 1/2 Hood Road

        (registration and coffee at 8:15 a.m.)                                                                     Derry, NH 03038

                                                                                                                                 Located in the Etz Hayim Synagogue

Certificates will be given upon completion for 7 clock hours or 7 NASP-approved CPD credits.

  The Spell of Language:

Effective Kindergarten-to-Adult literacy techniques that include

reading decoding, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and morphology

The Spell of Language is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind program consisting of curricular material and techniques for teachers and clinicians to use in instructing the basic skills that underlie the efficient use of written language. The program is appropriate for developmental,
ELL, adult, and remedial instruction. Participants will learn to use The Spell of Language website and will be able to utilize the program in their classrooms or private practices the next day.


Five aspects of The Spell of Language (TSOL) set it apart from other research-based programs:

  • it teaches the vowel system explicitly and thoroughly;

  • it is appropriate for beginning learners, typically developing learners, remedial students, English language learners, and adults;

  • it is adaptable and meets individual student needs;

  • it teaches application of the alphabetic principle* through phonetic analysis;

  • it links spelling, the alphabetic principle, word knowledge, and morphology.


Teacher testimonial:  The Spell of Language has been a blessing for my students.  I finally have an approach to teaching reading and spelling that begins with phonemic awareness and continues through polysyllabic word reading that works!  Using these research-based approaches, students have risen from the bottom third of my class to proficient readers in half a year's time. 


The full-day program teaches the essentials of TSOL and prepares participants to use the website immediately. Teachers and clinicians will learn:

  1. how to teach the vowel system;

  2. how understanding and applying the alphabetic principle for decoding through phonetic analysis support reading and spelling;

  3. how the commonly-used words - the “glue” of written language - can be effectively taught;

  4. how the content-area words - the “glue” of our culture -  can be effectively taught;

  5. how to transition to polysyllabic word-learning efficiently and effectively;

  6. how to use spelling to incorporate grammar and morphology (how word parts combine in English).


Cost:  The cost of the full-day workshop, materials, refreshments, lunch, and a lifetime subscription to The Spell of Language Website is $250.00.

For those already in possession of a subscription, we offer two opportunities: you may attend the session for the price of lunch, refreshments, and materials (a cost of $25.00), and you may also attend a brief session at 11:00 a.m. on setting baselines for students both individually and in class groups, as we have done in Chester, New Hampshire.


For further information on The Spell of Language, please email jtucker16@rcn.com.

For dietary needs, and accommodations for participants with disabilities email : marion.cipolle@gmail.com

Please copy and return this form with payment to:                  Lisa Zack-Swasey

                                                                                       42 Old Gordon Road

                                    or                                                 Brentwood, NH 03833


Register on-line with PayPal at http://www.asaif.net     We also accept Purchase Orders (POs)


______ $250 enclosed--includes lifetime website access to The Spell of Language

______$25 enclosed for refresher, lunch, and materials

Name: __________________________________________   School/Affiliation____________________

Email Address:  ____________________________________ Telephone__________________________

Are you available at this email address the evening before the workshop, in case of last-minute cancellation?                          Yes _________           No _________

Alternate Email or Telephone for Evening Contact (Essential!!)  _____________________________


About our presenters:

Jean C. Tucker, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, co-author of Essential Word-Knowledge Skills: Teaching a Sight-Word Vocabulary and Alphabetic Principle, has specialized in teaching basic spoken and written language skills, as well as, cognitive skills which are necessary for becoming proficient in academic endeavors. She obtained a master's degree in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed her training in speech and language pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions receiving her Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology. Jean is also trained in Precision Teaching, the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) program; Orton Gillingham; Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) program; Instrumental Enrichment cognitive skills curricula; Learning Propensity Assessment Device cognitive-skills evaluation; and Cogmed Working Memory Training™.


Chris Culver, M.Ed., CAGS, co-author of The Spell of Language, is a public school educator currently practicing her craft in Kensington, New Hampshire. She has been teaching for 32 years and has had varied teaching experience. Chris began her career as a special educator teaching students with autism and specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. She then became a Learning Disabilities Specialist before making a change to regular education 16 years ago. Her regular education experience ranges from teaching grades four and five mathematics to classroom teacher of grades two and three. Chris currently teaches third grade and specializes in teaching English Language Arts skills as well as Mathematics and the content areas. Chris has been using The Spell of Language in her third grade class for four years and has seen it’s efficacy in improving her students’ spelling, reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills.


Lisa Zack-Swasey, M.Ed., SAIF, CAGS, is a special educator utilizing the Essential Word-Knowledge Skills Program for the past 9 years, and co-author of The Spell of Language.  She is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and a SAIF with a CAGS in Educational Leadership.  She utilizes a variety of reading programs and techniques to address student needs at all ages.  She has found that The Spell of Language program is an excellent supplement to Wilson Reading and Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS) and has been useful for helping students to learn sight words, apply phonics skills, spell more accurately, and generalize vocabulary.