Literacy Resources and Tools
SPELD NSW offers a number of literacy resources which you can order directly through our online store.
SPELD NSW Member Discounts available at checkout.
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.
- AUSPELD Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Practical Guide
Designed for principals, teachers and school psychologists throughout Australia. This guide covers everything from dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, phonics, reading, written expression, maths, working memory, improving handwriting and more.
Includes a CD containing a copy of the Guide plus a wide range of effective resources and strategies, all of which can be saved and printed for use throughout the school.
- AUSPELD Understanding Language Difficulties: A Practical Guide
Despite the best efforts of parents and educators to support a child's language development, some children will experience significant difficulties understanding and/or using language.
It is estimated that the number of children in Australia with a language disorder is approximately 10% of the total student population.
This Guide is designed to provide principals, teachers, school psychologists and parents throughout Australia, with current information regarding the identification, assessment and intervention for children with language difficulties or language disorder. Furthermore, it aims to offer practical guidance on the most appropriate intervention and support, available to schools and families.
- AUSPELD Understanding Learning Difficulties: Guide for Parents
Includes an overview of the nature of learning difficulties and the diagnostic process and gives an understanding of the educational rights of children with learning difficulties.
Equips parents and caregivers with the tools and knowledge necessary to assist their children throughout their education and beyond.
You can purchase the hardcopy guide from SPELD NSW, the full guide is available for FREE as an interactive website: www.uldforparents.com
PURCHASE ALL FIVE GUIDES FOR $95
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.
- Guide to Explicit and Direct Instruction
The value and use of explicit instruction to improve academic outcomes is explored across a range of settings and subject areas. Incorporating compelling evidence from the cognitive sciences, the writers include: Kris Boulton; Greg Ashman; Gethyn Jones; Tom Needham; Lia Martin and Amy Coombe; Naveen Rivzi; Hannah Stoten; John Blake; Sarah Barker; Summer Turner; Sarah Cullen and Zig Englemann. Editor: Adam Boxer.
- Guide to Literacy
What do we mean by literacy, why it matters and what happens if we don’t get it right? An exploration of this important area with contributions from: Kathy Rastle, Rhona Stainthorp, Tom Needham, Alex Quigley, Jessie Ricketts, Kevin and Robyn Wheldall, Kerry Hempenstall and Dianne Murphy. Editors: James Murphy and Tom Bennett.
- Guide to Educational Myths
The most damaging myths that continue to circulate in education settings are identified and discussed in this edition by a selection of evidence informed writers including: Clare Sealy, Tom Sherrington, Andrew Old, Mark Enser, Robert and Elizabeth Bjork, Harry Fletcher Wood, Greg Ashman and Doug Lemov. Editor: Craig Barton.
- Guide to Assessment
In this researchED Guide to Assessment, Sarah Donarski brings together chapters by Dylan Wiliam, Tom Sherrington, Alison Peacock and many others to consider the debates, critique the strategies and find solutions that not only better the progress of pupils but also assist the wellbeing and manageability of workload for staff.
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
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 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.
- Word Aware 1
Teaching Vocabulary Across the Day, Across the Curriculum Second Edition. Word Aware 1 is packed full of easy-to-implement activities, worksheets and resources that can be put into practice immediately with individual students or groups, whole classes and throughout the school, and is an effective tool to teach children who speak English as an additional language. The resources contained in this book are photocopiable and contain downloadable materials.
- Word Aware 3: Teaching Vocabulary in Small Groups for Ages 6 to 11
Word Aware 3 is a comprehensive, practical and engaging resource that focuses on teaching vocabulary and word learning skills to children aged 6 to 11 years who have vocabulary learning needs.
Word Aware 3 includes: Takes a highly practical, evidence-based and curriculum-focused approach to vocabulary learning that supports a broad range of learners Includes photocopiable and downloadable planning, intervention and evaluation resources Provides staff training resources and an overview video presented by the authors
- Word Aware 2
WA2 - Word Aware 2: Teaching Vocabulary In The Early Years This is a highly practical, comprehensive resource designed to support Early Years practitioners in the provision of effective vocabulary development in preschool children of all abilities. It is based on the same theory as the existing Word Aware resource (9780863889554) but is adapted for Early Years. This rigorously tried and tested approach is an outstanding resource that will be an essential addition to any early years' setting or preschool classroom. It is also an important addition to the materials used by speech and language therapists.
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
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.$12.50