Frequently Asked Questions
MultiLit provides tailored programs for at-risk and low-progress readers of different ages and reading levels. PreLit is suitable for children in the year before formal schooling and for Kindergarten students. MiniLit is suitable for students who are in late Kindergarten, Year 1 and early Year 2. The Reading Tutor Program is suitable for students who are in Year 2 and above (including secondary). The Word Attack Skills Extension Program is suitable for students who are in Year 4 and above (including secondary).
MultiLit Pty Ltd is a research initiative of Macquarie University. MultiLit’s Reading Tutor Program has its origins at MUSEC (Macquarie University Special Education Centre), 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, highly recommended that you attend a Professional Development workshop/s 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.
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.
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.
The PreLit Program has been developed for children in the year before formal schooling and for Kindergarten students to build essential early literacy skills and provide a sound foundation for learning to read. The MiniLit Program was developed for at-risk (bottom 25%) students in late Kindergarten, Year 1 and early Year 2 and teaches essential literacy skills to ensure that these at-risk students can catch up with their peers.
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.
We publish our Professional Development Calendar here.
To register for a workshop, view the available offerings in-person (select cities and regional areas) and via videoconferencing (Australia-wide) and select the number of participant/s. Training registrations can be processed online.
A discount applies if you send five or more people to a workshop.
MultiLit’s Professional Development workshops run across Australia, incapital cities and selected regional locations. Refer to the Professional Development Workshop Calendar for specific 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.
MultiLit’s Professional Development workshops are delivered face-to-face over one or two days, in a group of up to 30 participants.
Professional learning can also be undertaken via videoconferencing (one or two days) or eLearning Modules (self-paced study).
Please contact us on 1300 55 99 19 or email m[email protected]