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, integrated 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 represent each sound in an English word.

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 aiding the encoding and decoding process when reading and writing.

During spelling dictation, high frequency words are presented, analysed and marked, identifying multi-letter phonograms and spelling rules and conventions. 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.

In the reading portion of our lessons, we focus 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.

If you are interested in enrolling for English tutoring with Educate or if you would like to know more about our lessons, please contact us.


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.

The Oral Reading Fluency assessments focus on developing word recognition and fluent/expressive reading.

Educate Tutoring uses a variety of assessments to measure a student’s ability to monitor their understanding of texts as they read. 

These results guide tutors as they teach strategies to develop and strengthen comprehension skills.

Educate assesses students writing skills in the areas of sentence type and structure, paragraph structure, and the writing process. These assessments are used to guide instruction in writing.