Frequently Asked Questions
MultiLit Pty Ltd is a research initiative of Macquarie University. MultiLit’s Reading Tutor Program has its origins at Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC), where the first edition of the Reading Tutor Program was developed and tested over many years.
No. MultiLit’s programs have been used by mainstream teachers, learning support teachers, teacher aides, parents at home and trained volunteers. It is, however, required that you attend a Professional Development workshop/s for many of our programs to ensure you are able to implement and deliver the program/s you are using effectively.
The new edition of the Reading Tutor Program represents a thoroughly revised version of our individual instruction program that was originally published in 1998. It also incorporates all of the recommendations for effective reading instruction from the Australian Federal Government’s 2005 report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy.
The Reading Tutor Program is the product of ongoing research and development by Professor Kevin Wheldall and his specialist team of academic researchers and special educators at Macquarie University into more effective ways of teaching students who are experiencing difficulties in learning how to read.
Students working half an hour a day on the program can make up to 15 months’ gain in just 2 terms. For example, the students who attend the Exodus Tutorial Centre in Ashfield over a five month period make overall gains, on average, of 16 months in reading accuracy, 12 months in reading comprehension and 19 months in single word recognition. They also gain 11 months in spelling. On average, they are able to read nearly 50% more words correctly per minute than they could when they first entered the program. 74% of students left the program reading books at a level approximating functional literacy.
In Cape York, the older students at the MultiLit Tutorial at Coen School made gains of about 20 months in reading accuracy, single word recognition, phonic recoding and spelling and eleven months in reading comprehension over the course of the year (from mid 2005 to mid 2006).
In addition, we receive ongoing feedback from schools using MultiLit’s programs who find that the students make rapid improvements in their literacy skills. Results will, of course, depend on how diligently the programs are followed.
MultiLit teachers and tutors praise at over 150 ‘smiles per hour’. Positive teaching, a model of positive reinforcement based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis, utilises high rates of teacher praise and dramatically decreases teacher reprimands. By focusing on appropriate behaviour and ignoring inappropriate behaviour (i.e. “catching them being good”), we allow maximum learning to take place. Classrooms that employ the principles of Positive Teaching have much higher rates of on-task behaviour. MultiLit offers a Positive Teaching Professional Development Workshop via self-paced eLearning modules – find out more here.
The third component of the Reading Tutor Program, Reinforced Reading, deals with comprehension in real text. In addition, the increase in fluency and accuracy through working through the Word Attack Skills and Sight Words components leads to improved comprehension as the student is no longer using all of his or her mental energy just trying to work out the words.
Many schools use parent volunteers to do the Reinforced Reading component of the Reading Tutor Program and the Word Attack Skills – Extension Program. This can be done at home or at school.
All of our programs include comprehensive manuals and teacher’s guides to ensure you can effectively implement the program/s, however it is highly recommended that you attend a Professional Development workshop/s to ensure you are able to implement and deliver the program/s effectively.
Attending a Professional Development (PD) workshop is not mandatory when purchasing the PreLit Program, the Reading Tutor Program, the Word Attack Skills – Extension Program, Wheldall Assessment of Reading Lists (WARL), or the WARP (Wheldall Assessment of Reading Passages). However, when purchasing InitiaLit, MiniLit, MacqLit or Spell-It, it is a requirement for at least one teacher from your school to attend the associated Professional Development workshop.
To view our current Professional Development Calendar for all training opportunities throughout Australia, click here.
Discounts apply for multiple registrations for our InitiaLit and MacqLit PD Workshops.
MultiLit’s Professional Development workshops run across Australia – in capital cities and selected regional locations. Refer to the Professional Development Workshop Calendar for locations and dates.
On-site training is available. Please contact [email protected] for a quote. On-site training is a convenient and cost-effective option should you wish to provide Professional Development for a group of 10 or more staff. There is no minimum number of staff required for on-site training in InitiaLit–F/1/2.
MultiLit’s Professional Development workshops are delivered either in-person or via videoconferencing (using Zoom technology) over one or two days. Participants are required to register for each day of attendance. Attendance certificates are provided.
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