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Fine Arts Events at SWU

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

Project Read

Southern Wesleyan University administers the state-funded Project Read® grant. This grant's purpose is to provide language arts staff development to K-5 and special services teachers of all grades in South Carolina using the Language Circle Project Read® curriculum.

Language Circle Project Read® is a complete language arts program designed to respect all learning profiles. Research-based and student-tested, Project Read® has been proven to cultivate knowledge, promote academic independence, and foster personal integrity. Language Circle Enterprises exists to ensure that every child, no matter their circumstance or ability, has the opportunity to understand, embrace, and enjoy the many components of the written and spoken word.

Education Credits at No Cost

  • Tuition, books, and materials will be funded by the state grant at no cost to the participant.
  • Receive 3 graduate credit hours plus 60 recertification points for $50 through Southern Wesleyan University
  • Audit a course at no cost and receive 24 contact hours.

Contact Information

Peggy Bodie
Project Read Coordinator

SWU Project Read Facebook Page


Project Read Language Circle

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Upcoming Course Offerings

To register for a course, email Peggy Bodie at .


EDUC 5813: Decoding and Spelling Strategies for Elementary Teachers (Phonics)
Location: Charleston Charter School of Math and Science, Charleston
Dates: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17
Times: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Jo Vantine

EDUC 5813: Decoding and Spelling Strategies for Elementary Teachers (Phonics)
Location: Brennen Elementary School, Columbia
Dates: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 4/19
Times: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Susie Horger

EDUC 5833: Structure and Format of Language for the Elementary Classroom (Reading Comprehension)
Location: SWU Main Campus, Central
Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Barry Burnett

Four Course Options

Project Read consists of four curriculum strands: phonics, linguistics, reading comprehension, and written expression.

EDUC 5813 - Decoding and Spelling Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Basic decoding approach based on systematic phonics using multi-sensory strategies and materials delivered through direct, concept teaching. The sequence of concepts and skills progresses from the simplest to the most complex. The reading-decoding curriculum is basic, explicit phonics starting with phonemic awareness, proceeding to sound/symbol correspondence, syllabication, and ultimately to context. Early Education is targeted for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Primary Phonics is targeted for students in grade 1 through 3.

Early Education Curriculum PDF   Primary Phonics PDF

EDUC 5833 - Structure and Format of Language for the Elementary Classroom

This course presents the underlying structure and format of language in both expository and narrative forms. The course is divided into Report Form (expository) and Story Form (narrative) written information. Teaches the process of analyzing the underlying structure of expository and narrative writing and is presented in a sequential, dependent order of concepts and skills. Students are assisted in the independent application and transfer of concepts and skills into other curriculum areas. Report Form is targeted for students in grade 2 through adult. Literature Connection is targeted for students in grade K through 5. Story Form/Narrative is targeted for students in grade 6 through adult.

Report Form Curriculum PDF   Story Form Curriculum PDF

EDUC 5853 - Word Function in Sentence Structure and Paragraph Development

Designed on the theory that students need to understand the function of words in written language to assist them in expressing their own thoughts through writing. The goal is to give students mastery of sentence structure as well as paragraph development and composition. Begins with the concepts of a simple subject and predicate, then to expanding the predicate area, describing the subject, and on to the development of paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions. Sentence structure is targeted for students in grade K through adult. Paragraph writing is targeted for students in grade 3 through adult.

Written Expression Curriculum PDF

EDUC 5863 - Decoding Approach for Older Students with Difficulties in Reading

A decoding and encoding approach for older students who are still having difficulty mastering the reading process. The Linguistics presents the history of written language, phonology, morphology, syntax, vocabulary, affixes, roots and word origins. Spelling is taught through the application of grapheme origin, frequency of use and place value organized into units of study. Targeted for students in grade 4 through adult.

Linguistics Curriculum PDF