A multi-sensory, phonetic, sequential and success-orientated programme to help improve child and adult literacy skills in reading, writing and spelling

The fully revised Newell Literacy Programme is a phonics-based programme that concentrates on fusing the sounds of individual letters into syllables and words for reading, writing and spelling. The revised edition uses Sassoon® Infant font throughout. The font, carefully chosen by the author, was researched with children, for children and developed specially for use in children’s reading books to improve legibility for large blocks of reading matter.

The programme comprises of flashcards and seven teacher manuals, each accompanied by a Digital Companion Page that includes an eBook version of the manual. The programme progresses in difficulty from level to level, each level containing highly structured and finely graded lesson plans. The strategies used to teach the programme are a modified version of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Each photocopiable book/eBook comes with a step-by-step description of the teaching methods and techniques, complete with a detailed listing of individual lessons. Importantly, the programme retains the flexibility for teachers to dip in and out of specific lessons as may be appropriate for diverse learning requirements.

The programme introduces only one phonic element at a time. It starts with the simplest skills and slowly progresses to more and more complex rules. Each lesson is based upon and linked to all the previous skills learned, so skills acquisition is cumulative. Less clutter and no unnecessary text make it easy to follow. A cognitive approach gives the students control over their own learning and they play an active role in building their own words and sentences. With no graphics, childish or otherwise, the programme can be used for all ages from 5 to adult and for those learning English as a new language.

A set of A5 flashcards (30 separate cards) and a tutorial video accompany the programme and are included with the full kit.

Flashcards and individual Books/eBooks can also be ordered separately – click on Online Shop below.

Original Video Introduction to the Programme

About the Author

Anne Newell is a former teacher and trainer and is renowned amongst the teaching profession for the range of successful in-service literacy courses she has provided for thousands of teachers. With over thirty years teaching experience in the area of literacy, she is a highly respected educationalist and a former lecturer in the Diploma in Remedial Education at University College in Galway in Ireland.