Soundality offers training in the Sounds-Write Phonics Program
for educators, allied health professionals and parents.
About Sounds-Write Training
Sounds-Write is a linguistic phonics program that uses an evidence-based and highly effective approach to teach reading and spelling. Training in the program is an intensive and practical experience. Anyone who is interested in teaching students to read and spell can attend the training- teachers, principals, tutors, speech pathologists and parents.
Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in the first three years of schooling within a classroom and offers highly effective intervention for children at all year levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling. The approach is also valuable for upper primary and high school teachers within the context of teaching reading and spelling of subject specific terminology. Lessons can be delivered as a whole class, in small groups or individual sessions.
Sounds-Write Practitioner Training is available through a four-day face-to-face course, or a six-week online course. All participants receive a Sounds-Write manual and gain access to hundreds of online materials.
How can I train in Sounds-Write?
Attention NSW Teachers!
Completing Sounds-Write Phonics Training will contribute 22 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.6.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2 and 5.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Meet Your Trainer:
Alison Perry is a speech pathologist, founder of Soundality and accredited Sounds-Write trainer with over 10 years of experience working with children and their families and educators. Alison is popular presenter and has trained hundreds of teachers, parents, tutors and speech pathologists across Australia in this highly effective approach to teaching reading and spelling. She has a welcoming, engaging manner and has a knack for explaining complex ideas in simple ways. Alison provides face-to-face training and coaching in Brisbane, around Australia and online.
“This is one of the best courses I have been to in my 21 years of teaching. I would recommend it to every teacher as it provides you with the skills and confidence needed to effectively teach students to read and spell. Alison is a truly knowledgeable presenter who is an asset to Sounds-Write. Thank you!”
– Primary Teacher
“The course is rigorous and extensive- not just covering phonics itself, but also broader topics like the history of language and cognitive load theory. I have come away with a much deeper understanding of explicitly teaching phonics, how children best learn and the rationale behind the method.”
– Year 2 Teacher
“I wish I had done this years ago!”
– Speech Pathologist
“Sounds-Write fills the gaps in teacher knowledge and provides theoretical underpinnings, drawn from evidence-based best practice. It provides explicit coaching, scope and sequence, teaching through errors and mentoring from a highly skilled trainer. The Sounds-Write program is based on the needs of the learner, with considerations given to working memory, cognitive load, and transference to long term memory. If only they taught this at university - we would have students excelling at a 21st Century level!"
– Education & Literacy Intervention Coach
What do Sounds-Write trainees say?
Frequently asked questions
What will I achieve by completing training in Sounds-Write?
- You will learn to deliver scripted, multisensory lessons for explicitly teaching students to read and spell. These lessons can be used for mainstream classroom instruction and for students with learning support needs
- You will develop a solid understanding of the science of learning to read and spell (to understand why we do it the way we do)
- You will have a clear scope and sequence for teaching phonics over the first three years of schooling, or with older students for intervention. You’ll be confident to teach students to read and spell simple words like ‘in’ right through to more complex, polysyllabic words like ‘procrastination! (What are you waiting for? Register now 😉!)
- You will learn exactly what to do and say when a student makes and error (so they can learn from it). One trainee wrote, “I found it very useful to be given the language of correction; to identify errors and know how to scaffold the student to achieve a correct response.”
- You will learn how to differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of all students in your class
- You will have access to a highly active and supportive online network of other Sounds-Write practitioners, whose common goals is to #knowbetterdobetter
There are many different phonics programs available. Why should I choose Sounds-Write?
- Sounds-Write training doesn’t just tell you WHAT to teach. You learn exactly WHY and HOW to do it in the most effective ways!
- Beyond the costs of the training course, there are no or very few ongoing costs in implementing the program from year to year.
- What makes Sounds-Write different from most other phonics programs is that it starts with what all children learn naturally: the sounds of their own spoken language. This approach (known as linguistic phonics, or speech-to-print) can be used effectively across all age groups and with students who have extra challenges such as English as an additional language, language difficulties, speech sound disorders and more.
- Sounds-Write leaves nothing to chance and provides a clear scope and sequence for teaching phonics, from simple, one-syllable words to more complex words including those with more than one syllable. The Sounds-Write lessons teach students the key elements of conceptual understanding, factual knowledge, and the essential phonemic awareness skills of blending, segmenting, and phoneme manipulation; all of which are necessary for any student to learn to read and spell.
- Trainees say that they love how Sounds-Write is suitable for all students, of any age. There are no childish illustrations, songs, or actions to learn. No complicated language or spelling rules (which always have so many exceptions!). That said, there is still plenty of opportunities for an educator’s style and personality to shine!
Who can complete the training?
Sounds-Write training is available to anyone looking for a highly effective method of teaching reading and spelling. Many teachers, speech pathologists, tutor and parents looking to support their children at home have completed the training.
What materials do I get?
All participants receive a comprehensive manual with scripted lessons, word lists and decodable stories, and the theoretical underpinnings of the approach (the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ and ‘how’). You also gain access to an online, downloadable folder with hundreds of additional documents for planning and implementation of the program. You also get lifetime access to any updates made to the manual or files.
Is Sounds-Write a scripted program?
Yes! The scripted lessons provide a recipe for success! They ensure that nothing is left out, and this equals confident teachers and successful students. Although scripted, the lessons still allow for the teacher’s style and personality to shine through! Trainees say that “the script is simple, yet powerful, clear and concise. It just makes sense!” (Year 1 teacher)
Are there any ongoing costs with using Sounds-Write?
Pretty much everything you need to teach the Sounds-Write lessons is included in your manual and the training. As John Walker (co-author of the program) once told me, “You can teach a kid to read with a stick in the sand!”. It’s true- that is how I taught my son when we were travelling around Australia in 2018!
You and your students will need a whiteboard, markers and some sticky notes, magnetic letters and/or letter tiles, and some paper and pencils. That’s it really! The Sounds-Write authors were mindful of keeping the costs of resourcing to a minimum. After all, it is the teacher themselves that is the best resource!That said, ideally, your instruction should be supplemented with decodable readers which will allow your students to apply their skills and knowledge when reading texts. These should be in every educators’ classroom/clinic/room regardless of whether you are using Sounds-Write! Find out why here.
Are there resources that match the phonics sequence of Sounds-Write?
Sounds-Write decodable readers (Initial Code and Extended Code fiction stories and NEW non-fiction texts on animals) are available, and the readers from Phonic Books also match the Sounds-Write sequence (you may know the ‘Dandelion Series’ and ‘Catch-Up Series’, see www.phonicbooks.co.uk).
Photocopiable Sounds-Write activity books are also available to support classroom or home practice. These are just $60 each and available here.There is also an App by Sounds-Write designed for young children: ‘Initial Code’.
How does Sounds-Write differentiate/cater for lower ability students and higher ability students in my class?
We recommend that all students participate in the daily Sounds-Write lesson. You will learn practical ways to differentiate for your struggling and more-skilled students during these lessons in the training course. This includes reducing cognitive load, teaching through errors, scaffolding, word choice, peer modelling and more. As with any lessons, we expect that some students require revision of what was covered in the whole-class lesson. Sounds-Write can be delivered effectively in small groups. Practise and rehearsal will help students to transfer new skills and knowledge into long-term memory. Practice makes permanent! Furthermore, a smaller number of students may need targeted intervention, which is where Sounds-Write can be used in small groups or one-on-one.
Can I train others in Sounds-Write?
You are encouraged to discuss what you have learned informally with your colleagues (word of mouth often leads people to complete the training in the first place!), but successful completion of the course does not carry training rights. You are not allowed to train others in Sounds-Write or share the resources in the manual. Training in Sounds-Write is limited only to Sounds-Write licensed trainers. Sounds-Write is highly effective when delivered with fidelity, and this is only possible when the full training has been completed.
What support is available after I complete the training?
All trainees are invited to join a private support group (on Facebook). This is an active and very supportive group with nearly 3,000 members, including ‘Mr Sounds-Write’ himself, John Walker. I also offer personal coaching for parents and speech patholgoists, and coaching for schools who have trained their staff. Coaching packages can be tailored to meet the needs of each situation. Providing follow-up consultations for schools who are implementing Sounds-Write is an important role of the Sounds-Write trainers.