Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Second Edition

Author: Louisa C. Moats Ed.D.

Format: Paperback, 304 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598570502
Price: $42.95

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One of the most popular and influential reading textbooks of the past 10 years gets a comprehensive update in this highly anticipated second edition, straight from renowned NCTQ-recommended expert Louisa Moats. Updated meticulously with the very latest research, the new edition of this bestselling text helps elementary educators grasp the structure of written and spoken English, understand how children learn to read, and apply this foundational knowledge as they deliver explicit, high-quality literacy instruction.

With extensive updates and enhancements to every chapter, the new edition of Speech to Print fully prepares today's literacy educators to teach students with or without disabilities. Teachers will get

  • in-depth explanation of how the book aligns with the findings of current scientific research on reading, language, and spelling
  • expanded information on the critical elements of language, including orthography, morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics, and syntax
  • new and improved exercises teachers can use to test and reinforce their own knowledge of language content
  • teaching activities that help teachers connect what they learn in their coursework with what they'll be doing in the classroom
  • new chapter objectives that make it easier to plan courses and review key concepts
  • more samples of student writing to help teachers correctly interpret children's mistakes
  • expanded sample lesson plans that incorporate the language concepts in the book
  • a cleaner, easier-to-navigate layout

A core textbook for every preservice course on reading instruction, this accessible text is also perfect for use in inservice professional development sessions. Educators will have the knowledge they need to recognize, understand, and resolve their students' reading and writing challenges—and improve literacy outcomes for their entire class.


Review: The Midwest Book Review-California Bookwatch
"Provides a winning survey for elementary educators."
Review by: David Coker, University of Delaware
"This text has been instrumental in deepening teachers&#39 linguistic knowledge and improving their understanding of reading instruction. The second edition incorporates up-to-date research while providing a range of rich examples of how to put this knowledge into practice."
Review by: Deborah R. Glaser, LETRS National Trainer, author, LETRS Foundations: An Introduction to Language and Literacy; Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction.
"Teachers will deepen their knowledge and application of reading basics and literacy through Speech to Print&#39s accessible, self-guided lessons. A must have for inservice and preservice teachers."
Review by: G. Emerson Dickman, Immediate Past President, International Dyslexia Association
"Speech to Print is the treasure map that Louisa has provided teachers to point the way from research to results. This second edition adds shading and nuance that gives teachers unparalleled understanding and insight. My only regret is that the thumbed, earmarked, and highlighted copy that has become such a friend will be put aside while I begin to thumb, earmark, and highlight the second edition."
Review by: R. Malatesha Joshi, Associate Dean for Graduate Program Development; Professor of Literacy Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology, Texas A & M University; editor, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal
"An essential book . . . Dr. Moats has done an outstanding job of integrating research and application from the field of literacy. Required reading for teachers as well as for those who prepare them in the colleges of education."
Review by: G. Reid Lyon, Southern Methodist University
"Simply the most brilliant and informative example of how effective instructional practices are informed by converging scientific evidence."
Review by: Marcia K. Henry, author, Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction; former president, The International Dyslexia Association; Professor Emerita, San Jose State University
"Includes all a teacher needs to know about the English language in order to teach reading and writing . . . a must-read for all teachers."
Review by: Susan M. Smartt, Senior Research Associate, The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, Vanderbilt University - Peabody College, Nashville, TN
"Just when you think Louisa Moats can&#39t improve on her cache of professional development writings for teachers, she drops another literacy gift in our laps. This new book . . . weaves the latest research on language, reading, writing and spelling seamlessly with practical classroom application."
Review by: C. Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University
"[Speech to Print] is always front and center on my reference list. I look forward to recommending this revised edition. If every educator mastered the content of this volume, I am sure that our instruction and intervention efforts would be much improved."
Review by: Susan Brady, University of Rhode Island and Haskins Laboratories
"Speech to Print has long been a mainstay in my courses on reading - the second edition expands and strengthens this valuable resource. The content truly is essential for educators and specialists responsible for helping students succeed at learning to read."

Table of Contents

About the Author


  1. Why Study Language?
  2. Phonetics: The Sounds in Speech
  3. Phonology: Speech Sounds in Use
  4. The Structure of English Orthography
  5. Morphology
  6. Syntax: How Sentences Work
  7. Semantics: Word and Phrase Meanings
  8. Language and Reading Instruction


Appendix A:

Developmental Spelling Inventories
Directions for Administring the Spelling Inventories
Primary Spelling Inventory—Individual Score Sheet
Elementary Spelling Inventory—Individual Score Sheet

Appendix B: Answer Key

Appendix C: Glossary


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