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Teacher guide Web-based literacy intervention for struggling readers

TLF ID S7083

This teacher resource describes the Academy of READING online strategy implemented at Palmyra Primary School in Western Australia to help years 2 and 3 students who were making little progress in reading. The resource is organised in eight sections: Summary, Target student group, Method, Results, Lessons learned, Research base, Further reading and links, and Contacts. It describes the features of the individualised web-based intervention, the roles of learners, teachers and parents, how the program is funded, its technical and time requirements, and the outcomes achieved using the program.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for primary schools concerned about students' faltering progress in reading. It describes a computer program that provides individualised, systematic, direct instruction to build reading skills and motivate students so they maintain their focus. The Method, Results and Lessons learned sections of the resource are particularly useful in describing what is required to implement the Academy of READING strategy successfully, pointing out, for example, the need for students to access the program for 20-30 minutes at least three times a week and to have their own high-quality headphones.
  • The Academy of READING strategy as used at Palmyra and other WA primary schools has value in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. By focusing on phonemic awareness, sound-symbol association, phonics and decoding, and comprehension, the program helps address content descriptions in the English curriculum in the Interpreting, analysing, evaluating substrand. The diagnostic data provided by the program also helps teachers track student progress in relation to the English achievement standards. Using the Academy of READING calls for and develops students' ICT general capability, especially in relation to managing and operating ICT.
Year level

2; 3

Learning area
  • English
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Teacher guide
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    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 10.0 (MS-Windows)
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    • Adobe Reader - minimum version: 7.6.9
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    • macos - minimum version: OSX v8
    • © 2014 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated. This material is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) unless otherwise indicated. You may distribute, remix and build upon this material, provided that you include the acknowledgement '© Commonwealth of Australia 2014' and license under the same terms any new creations you have based on the material.