MultiLit (Making Up Lost Time In Literacy) is an extensively research-based programme that has been developed for low progress readers. It employs explicit, systemic individual instruction focusing on what scientific research has shown to be the essential components of learning to read, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Reading is the product of decoding and listening comprehension. To be able to decode words, students need to be able to segment and blend the sounds in spoken words (phonemic awareness) and to have a full grasp of letter-sound correspondences (phonics). In order to understand the words that they read, students need to be able to decode words easily and quickly (fluency), know the meanings of the words they read (vocabulary) and have a good understanding of spoken language forms together with a good general knowledge (comprehension). In summary MultiLit focuses on the five key areas outlined above.