The Newell Literacy Programme evolved as a result of my thirty three years teaching experience, mainly in the area of learning support. Based on phonics, it concentrates on fusing the sounds of individual letters into syllables and words for reading, writing and spelling. It comprises seven books of highly structured and finely graded lesson plans for students of all ages and abilities. The stratagies used to teach the programme are a modified version of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Each of the seven books 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. A set of thirty flashcards and a CD-ROM with a tutorial video accompanies the programme. Teachers are spared many long hours of preparation time.
Created and developed by Irish primary school teacher Anne Newell, the Newell Literacy Programme is the cumulative outcome of her twenty years research into reading difficulties and her application of innovative methods and techniques to improve literacy capability. A full-time teacher, Anne is well known amongst the teaching profession for the range of successful in-service courses she has provided for thousands of teachers. With well 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.
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 student control over his own learning and he plays an active role in building his own words and sentences.