WELCOME to MELEM
At Melem Education, our goal is to help our learners gain the confidence and vital skills they need to read and write, using evidence-based MSL practices to do so. Melem educators recognise that every learner is different, and as such, we strive to create an engaging, positive environment with one-to-one sessions that are tailored specifically to the needs of each learner.
MSL and Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Education
- Our educators are trainees with the Institute for Multisensory Language Education.
- We undertake educational assessments in line with IMSLE diagnostics to provide advice and evidence-based interventions for learners with dyslexia and lower literacy capabilities.
- We work closely with parents and carers to develop plans that best support our learners and use direct, explicit teaching instruction to promote literacy skills for students in primary, high school and beyond.
HSC and High School English Education: All Grades
- With nearly 40 years experience between us as High School English and Learning Support teachers, we can provide specific tuition for all levels of English.
- We can support the strengthening of conceptual and literary understandings in English Standard, Advanced and Extension 1, as well as providing support for concept planning and editing for Extension 2.
- We have a deep understanding of Stages 4, 5 and 6 English syllabi, and how to apply learning to a wide range of prescribed and school-selected texts.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a neurobiological, language-based learning difficulty. Throughout their lives, people with dyslexia can experience differing degrees of difficulty in writing, spelling, reading and comprehension. Many dyslexics are incredibly creative, intelligent people who have lots of strengths, but who may still struggle academically. The exact causes of dyslexia are unknown, but dyslexia has been specifically connected to difficulties in learning the phonological component of language. There are a few indicators that a learner may have dyslexia. These can include:
- learning to speak
- learning letters and their sounds
- organizing written and spoken language
- memorizing number facts
- reading quickly enough to comprehend
- persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
- spelling. (Dyslexia Basics: The International Dyslexia Association)
If a learner has these traits, it doesn’t always mean they are dyslexic. However, these can be an indicator that the explicit teaching of decoding and encoding is needed to support an understanding of foundational literacy. That’s where MELEM Education can help!
What is MSL and Orton-Gillingham?
MSL stands for Multisensory Structured Language and adheres to what is called the ‘synthetic’ approach to teaching phonics. Learning to read through the synthetic approach involves the synthesising, or blending, of phonemes to make a word. Words are tackled in small parts so that over time, students become fluent in connecting and blending sounds and letters to make a whole word, rather than guessing it by sight.
In this way, MSL follows the planned, explicit teaching of reading, writing and comprehending as originally developed in the 1920s by Dr Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham. According to the Australian Dyslexia Association, Orton Gillingham/MSL has remained, “the gold standard for the treatment and remediation of dyslexia.” The approach involves the use of auditory, visual and kinaesthetic (VAK) learning to help strengthen memory. A multisensory approach involves the explicit and direct teaching of:
- Oral language
- Phonological awareness
Through decoding (reading by pulling words apart) and encoding (spelling by putting words back together), students are able to learn the foundational rules of their language over a period of time. MSL recognises the need for dyslexics and those with lower literacy capabilities to learn reading and writing through the support of cumulative, explicit instruction at their own pace.
At MELEM, we do not diagnose dyslexia (as this is usually done by a psychologist), but we do provide interventions and support for dyslexics to learn through evidence-based practice. If you would like to know more about diagnosing dyslexia, we suggest you visit the SPELD NSW website: https://www.speldnsw.org.au/information/dyslexia/#:~:text=Dyslexia%20is%20generally%20diagnosed%20by,investigate%20learning%20strengths%20and%20difficulties.
Combined, our educators have over 40 years of English teaching experience. In our work across numerous schools, we have been lucky to have taught all grades from 7-12, including Extensions 1 and 2. Our experiences include working as Learning Support Teachers (with a combined 14 years in this area), Head Teacher Wellbeing and Head Teacher English. It was through our roles in Learning Support that we first became interested in dyslexia. Here, we recognised the ways in which dyslexics can often ‘fly under the radar’ at school, and the need for early intervention.
We have a deep passion for working with all learners, no matter what age, to help them reach their personal bests. We have a keen love of literacy and literature and enjoy nothing more than seeing learners gain a sense of confidence in their own abilities. We look forward to working with you!