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"Reading and spelling are reversible processes and need to be explicitly taught together through the use of a structured and systematic phonics program. There are a number of programs available for use by tutors, teachers and parents that cater for the literacy needs of individuals from pre-school through to adulthood.
Some examples of structured and systematic evidence-based programs for use by trained teachers, tutors, or parents who have undergone training courses appear [on this page] ... "
Website Goals: To provide helpful, accessible, Australian information for anyone who wants to help a beginning or struggling reader/speller with:
Discerning and manipulating sounds in words (phonemic awareness/proficiency), and/or Learning the complicated way English sounds are represented by letters/groups of letters (graphemes), and/or Learning how longer words are often made up of meaningful word parts spelt in patterned ways (morphemes). To promote high-quality research and teaching resources aiming to improve accurate word-level reading and spelling.
2. To encourage schools to adopt a Response To Intervention (RTI) approach, so that 95-97% of children learn to read and spell well in their first three years of schooling, allowing intervention resources to be efficiently targeted towards the remaining 3-5% of children with significant learning difficulties.
3. To make the Spelfabet literacy-teaching materials publicly available, and publicise Spelfabet’s assessment, therapy and professional development services. Income from these make it possible to maintain this website.
"PLD provides an Australian, evidence-based approach to Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) for primary school educators. Aligned with the Science of Reading, PLD’s SSP approach extends from the junior primary years through to upper primary years and thereby facilitating a whole school approach ... "
"The SPELD SA Phonic Books were created to provide low cost / free resources to support the educational needs of children, young adults, and those who have English as a second language. Different versions of the same book can be used online, downloaded onto a computer, iPad, tablet or printed as a book. The books suit a variety of ages and abilities. Please use these books at your discretion, accounting for your child’s ability, age or need ... "
"This portal is offered as a free resource through the 2021–2022 school year. There are two areas of the site, one for Students and one for Instructors. Materials are organized by our Phonics Scope and Sequence, and can be quickly navigated using the Menu at the top of the page ... "
"These 100 decodable quizzes for beginning and struggling readers each contain ten Yes/No questions. Download the file and print what you need for your learners on A4 paper. The quizzes provide sentence-level reading practice for phonics lessons ... "
" ... Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching children to read. It has been identifed both here and overseas as the most successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. The ‘synthetic’ component refects the practice of ‘synthesising’, or blending together. The ‘phonic’ part refects the process of linking individual speech sounds
(phonemes) to written symbols (graphemes) ... "
" ... Extensive research has shown that phonics knowledge is predictive of reading ability. As explained by Professor Kate Nation: “While reading comprehension requires much more than the identification of individual words, comprehension cannot happen without it." ... "
"Teach the alphabetic code knowledge (the relationship between speech sounds and letters or letter groups) by
systematically and comprehensively introducing the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code ... "
"Pamela is a registered psychologist, having qualified originally in speech pathology. Her research has been funded by nationally competitive schemes such as the ARC Discovery Program, ARC Linkage Program, and the Criminology Research Council, and spans various aspects of risk in childhood and adolescence, in particular:
-the oral language skills of high-risk young people (youth offenders and those in the state care system), and the role of oral language competence as an academic and mental health protective factor in childhood and adolescence;
-applying evidence in the language-to-literacy transition in the early years of school;
-linguistic aspects of investigative interviewing with children / adolescents as witnesses, suspects, victims in criminal investigations ... "
"Some children struggle to learn to read for a variety of environmental and biological reasons. However, effective interventions are not dependent on knowing the primary cause of the difficulty — they are instead based on the nature of the difficulty. That is, they attend to the aspects or sub-skills of the reading process with which the student is having difficulty ... "