The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council

Standard for Preparation of Dyslexia Teachers and Therapists

Definition of Terms

Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSL or MSLE)

Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) programs should include the following content areas of:

  1. phonology and phonological awareness;
  2. sound / symbol association;
  3. syllables;
  4. morphology;
  5. syntax;
  6. semantics;

and be taught with the following principles of instruction:

  1. simultaneous multisensory (VAKT);
  2. systematic and cumulative;
  3. direct instruction;
  4. diagnostic teaching to automaticity; and
  5. synthetic / analytic instruction (see charts following for more detail).

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A graduate is an individual who successfully completed an IMSLEC-accredited MSLE training coursework and practicum.

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