Ditch the word lists to improve students’ spelling

One of Australia’s leading literacy researchers has urged schools to stop handing out weekly spelling lists for students to rote learn if they want to develop good spellers.
MultiLit Senior Research Fellow, Dr Alison Madelaine, said providing students with lists of words to learn – typically via the popular “look, cover, say, write, check’’ technique – was ineffective as it relied too heavily on memorisation rather than teaching the inner workings of the English language.

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MRU Press book launched at the State Library of NSW

On Wednesday 25 July, leaders in literacy, policy, education and research gathered at the State Library of New South Wales to launch the new book Effective Instruction in Reading and Spelling.

Co-edited by eminent literacy experts, Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM, Dr Robyn Wheldall and Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM, this comprehensive book ensures that the science behind how reading works and its application is available to all.

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