This post provides information about the internet-based training course for our fluency-based programme. This is low cost and based on distance teaching methodologies, so it can be provided to programme users internationally.
1. The course is modular and each module has a theoretical and a practical side.
2. The course is presented step by step in seven modules. As each module is completed, it will be certificated.
3. The theoretical side of each module is focused on content contained in three chapters on the programme, as well as a tutorial letter and a manual.
4. All of the chapters have been published internationally and are downloadable free of charge. You can get the links for these by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. After registering for the course, the tutorial letters, programme materials and accompanying are sent to you by email. This is done module by module.
6. The practical side of each module is case study based, and focused on work with two children. The first is a child at foundational reading level, and the second is a child at either basic or intermediate reading level. You will need to identify both of the children you are going to work with.
7. Each module in the course follows consecutively, and builds on skills learned in the previous module. This means that both the theoretical and the practical sides of the course are completed in tandem, and step by step. Each module is assessed through an assignment, involving completion of a short multiple choice questionnaire and then work on practical application.
8. Each of the modules is based on a tutorial letter, and supported by a manual. The tutorial letters are as follows:
a. Tutorial Letter One focuses on course orientation, as well as the programme’s materials. After completing your registration and receiving Tutorial Letter One, you will receive 27 reading fluency books drawn from my practice’s database, for use in your work with parents and children. In addition, you will receive six activity books, for work at foundational level in the programme.
b. Tutorial Letter Two focuses on work at the foundational level in the programme, which is the first course module and the first course assignment. This module is supported by a foundation level manual, a parent questionnaire, a checklist for assessing school and programme readiness, and a checklist for use in readability assessment at the foundational level in the programme.
c. Tutorial Letter Three focuses on work with the four core tests used in the programme, which is the second course module and the second course assignment. This module is supported by a manual for the core tests as well as three checklists for rating different kinds of fluency-related difficulties.
d. Tutorial Letter Four focuses on work on reading fluency, which is the third course module and the third course assignment. This module is supported by a manual for the 3 x 3 Oral Impress Method, and a checklist for use in readability assessment at basic and intermediate levels in the programme.
e. Tutorial Letter Five focuses on assessment of phonic difficulties, which is the fourth course module and the fourth course assignment. This module is supported by a manual for the Phonic Inventories used for assessing needs for phonic instruction, as well as needs for work in the writing and spelling fluency area of the programme.
f. Tutorial Letter Six focuses on work with writing and spelling fluency, which is the fifth course module and the fifth course assignment. This module is supported by a manual on the Seven Vowel Phonic Analysis System, as well the materials you have already received in previous modules of the course.
g. Tutorial Letter Seven focuses on work with sequential spelling difficulties, which is the sixth course module and the sixth course assignment. This module is supported by a manual on the Targeted Analysis, Revisualisation and Sequential Spelling Programme, as well the materials you have already received in previous modules of the course.
h. Tutorial Letter Eight focuses on work with the programme as a whole, which is the seventh course module and the seventh course assignment. It focuses in particular on the language and reading comprehension area of the programme, and also contextualises how fluency-based work relates to work done in the programme as a whole. This module is assessed through a final course assignment involving a detailed case study, based on your use of the programme materials and methods in tandem with your own materials in clinical teaching with one child. The assignment also involves a questionnaire relating to the three chapters on the programme, as well as the model of the programme as a whole.
You will see from the above that the course is very practical, and in my view this is the best way to learn how to use the programme materials and methods, and to integrate these with what you already do.
You are probably looking at the structure of the course, and wondering how you can relate this to your own existing commitments and work. My suggestion is as follows:
The course is modular and involves seven assignments. These are introduced through course materials based on distance teaching methodologies.
Given this, the first thing to decide is if you want to embark on the journey. If you decide that you do, we can then negotiate your involvement in the course and your envisaged timeline. We can also negotiate your deadlines for each module and each assignment step by step and one at a time.
What this means is that the course has been planned so that it can be taught flexibly, and fit in with your other commitments. If you work through the modules step by step, you will emerge at the end competent to work with our materials. The time you take can vary.
Put another way, what I can do is to plan your course with you so that it runs consecutively, and step by step, and that your deadlines for each step are geared around your other commitments. This is possible from my side as I know the programme, and have also run similar internet-based training courses before.
So if you are interested In working with our methods and materials and would like training in how to do so, you are welcome to email me at
We will first discuss the work you do and what you need. We can then work out a time framework and plan for your course that this suits your needs. Once there is a plan, I can send you your tutorial letters and supporting manuals and other course material step by step. And as you complete the practical assignments, so your expertise in using the materials will grow.
So email me or phone me on 0027 82 330 7589, and we can then go forward from there.
I look forward to working with you.