English Tutoring

What does English tutoring look like at Educate?

At Educate Tutoring the Spalding methodology provides a structure around which we base our literacy lessons. Every Spalding lesson includes explicit, sequential and multisensory instruction in the three essential components of literacy: spelling writing and reading.

The structure of the Spalding approach allows concepts to be systematically and sequentially introduced and built upon, encouraging mastery learning.  

The Oral Phonogram Review (OPR) focuses on the pronunciation and recognition of individual phonograms. The word ‘phonogram’ is derived from Greek: phono (sound) and gram (writing) and is a single letter or combination of letters that is the symbol for one sound in English.

The Written Phonogram Review (WPR) requires students to hear and say sounds before writing the corresponding symbols (letters). By connecting phonograms to the action of handwriting, students form a link between the sound and the written symbol which aids them when encoding and decoding words in reading and writing.

During spelling dictation, high frequency words are presented, analysed and marked, identifying multi letter phonograms and spelling rules. As well as promoting the development of a broader vocabulary, this process improves word recognition skills and fluency in reading and writing.

The writing component of lessons focuses on using high frequency words (introduced in the spelling dictation), sentence construction and composition.

The reading portion of our lessons focuses on oral fluency and expression, text structure and the metacognition of reading comprehension. Tutors foster an appreciation for quality reading and writing by using and explicitly teaching the attributes of fine literature, namely: precise language, emotional appeal, content, insight into people and life and universality.

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A standardised series of eight equally weighted spelling test lists is used to determine how students spell words in isolation.

Tutors are able to gauge students’ use of decoding and encoding strategies when presented with unfamiliar words and calculate a student’s spelling age and grade equivalent.

These assessments are used Australia-wide to evaluate students’ spelling progress alongside that of their peers.

Decoding assessments allow teachers to form a broad estimate of a child’s reading ability using tests of word recognition, presented in progressive difficulty.

These tests provide an approximate reading age as well as opportunity to study and analyse a child’s reading behaviours.