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 1. Simultaneous Multisensory Techniques

  • Teaching is done using all the pathways in the brain simultaneously to enhance memory and learning
    • The teacher will simultaneously integrate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile activities for learning

2. Systematic (Sequential and Cumulative)

  • Multisensory language instruction requires that the organization of material follow the order of the development of language
    • The teacher will:
      • Categorize and sequence the skills to be taught according to their level of difficulty; always teaching the easiest first
      • Review previously introduced material, never assuming that the student has learned merely because the skill/concept was presented
      • Introduce new material as a continuation of the previous lesson

3. Direct Instruction

  • The inferential learning of any skill/concept cannot be taken for granted
    • The teacher will break a task into its component parts and teach each part interactively; never assuming that the students already know or have mastered the skill/concept

4. Diagnostic Teaching

  • Teaching is prescriptive and individualized based upon the learner’s needs.  Lesson planning is based upon careful and continuous assessment of the learner’s needs.
    • The teacher will:
    • Analyze and address student errors
      • Teach and review skills/concepts until the student(s) demonstrates consistent and independent application of the skill/concept

5. Synthetic and Analytic Instruction

  • Multisensory, structured language program include both synthetic and analytic instruction
  • Synthetic instruction presents the parts of the language and then teacher how the parts work together to form the whole
  • Analytic instruction presents the whole and teachers how this can be broken down into it component parts
    • The teacher will:
    • Teach how to combine parts into a whole
    • Teach how to break down a whole into its component parts



International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council 1997