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Literacy Resources and Tools

SPELD NSW offers a number of literacy resources which you can order directly through our online store.
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Understanding Learning Difficulties Guides

Australian resources designed by AUSPELD to provide a greater awareness and understanding of the impact that the specific learning disabilities can have on students, and to outline the most effective support, remediation and accommodation strategies available to these students in the classroom.

researchED Guides


This accessible and punchy series, overseen by researchED founder Tom Bennett, tackles the most important topics in education, with a range of experienced contributors exploring the latest evidence and research and how it can apply in a variety of classroom settings. 

The Castles and Coltheart Test 2 (CC2) assesses different processes in single word reading.

The Castles and Coltheart Test 2 (CC2) assesses the functioning of the key processes in single word reading: sounding-out ability and whole word recognition ability.

Sounding-out ability involves converting printed letters into their corresponding sounds, and is assessed by accuracy in reading aloud* nonwords* (nonsense words), such as /gop/. Whole word recognition ability involves accessing stored knowledge about familiar words, and is assessed by accuracy in reading aloud *irregular words*, such as /yacht/, which cannot be read correctly via sounding-out rules.

The test also includes *regular words*, such as /cat/, which can be read correctly via either sounding-out or whole word recognition processes. The full test consists of 40 regular words, 40 irregular words and 40 nonwords, which are presented one-at-a-time, in mixed order, and with gradually increasing difficulty. A stopping rule is applied separately for each item type, with presentation discontinuing after five consecutive items are read incorrectly.

The test has been normed on over 1000 Australian children aged from 6 years 0 months to 11 years 6 months. The on-line version of the test calculates a separate accuracy score for each item type and converts this to a “z score” for the child’s age based on the normative data.

This hard copy version of the test includes an instruction manual, scoring sheets, packs of word cards and a sturdy carry case.  An online version of the test is available through MOTIf.

  • The Castles and Coltheart Test 2 (CC2)
    $245 inc GST
Castles and Coltheart 2

Lyn Stone's books

Lyn Stone’s Reading for Life, Spelling for Life and Language for Life provide accessible guides to understanding how to best develop reading, spelling and language skills for your students!

Word Aware

Word Aware is a structured whole school approach to promote the vocabulary development of all children. Focussed on whole class learning, the resource is of particular value for those who start at a disadvantage – including children with Developmental Language Disorder, Special Educational Needs and those who speak English as an additional language, but it will extend the word learning of all students.


SoundCheck include a range of activities for the explicit teaching of reading and spelling.  It shows children how to hear a word, segment it into sounds and then select the letters necessary to spell it. The books are easy to use with step-by-step instructions, lists of words and games provided for each of the 26 units. Each SoundCheck has an assessment for pre and post testing as well as an explanation of where to start, comprehensive teacher’s notes, ideas for phonemic awareness warm-ups and blackline masters to generate all necessary classroom activities. SoundCheck can be used with groups and individuals. It is easy to use both in the classroom and at home.

Spelfabet Short Vowel Word Building Cards

  • SSV Spelfabet Short Vowel Word Building Cards
    SSV Spelfabet Short Vowel Word Building Cards

    This is a fast, easy word-building and word-changing game for two players who know at least one sound for each letter of the alphabet. It provides practice in:
    – blending sounds into one-syllable words,
    – manipulating sounds in and out of words,
    – the two and three-letter consonant spellings sh, ch, th, wh, ck, ng, ll, ss, tch and dge.
    – understanding that some spellings/sounds only occur before vowels, and some only occur after vowels.



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