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The 4-Step Process


  • By the end of the course you should be able to use the 4-Step Process to study words with students at all ages and stages of their literacy development.
  • The course contains a video, recorded from some of our live webinars. Watch the video and follow along with your handout.
  • At the end, you will be asked to share an example of one of the words you’ve chosen to study.


Lyn has written three books on the subject of literacy and language, supported by online courses too. The links below will take you to each book.

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37 thoughts on “The 4-Step Process”

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    Hi, my name is Laura, I work as a learning and support teacher at a primary school, and also a private tutor. I wanted to do this course to develop my understanding of word study, and learn how to use the 4 Step Process tool.

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    Hi, my name is Sarah. I am a special education teacher working in a support unit in a mainstream high school. I teach a class for students in years 7 – 10 with mild intellectual disabilities. The majority of my students are low-progress readers so I spend a lot of time working on phonics, phonemic awareness, reading and spelling with my younger students. I’d like to learn some strategies for teaching my students more challenging words. This is particularly important for my older students who are getting ready for TAFE/work experience and need to learn more complex content vocabulary.

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    Hi my name is Kirsty and I work at a state school in Queensland, grade 3. A colleague of mine has completed this course and was discussing it with me. I found it very interesting and would love to learn more about it to help my students in relation to word study skills.

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    Hi I’m Lauren and I work at a large primary school as the head of teaching and learning. I am looking for ways to develop, both my own and teacher knowledge around using word studies to support literacy development across the school.

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    Goldamir Falis

    Hi Lyn! I am a mother of a 5yo and 6yo girls. I am a registered nurse in NZ. I am passionate about teaching my own kids how to read and write. I also am a parent volunteer in the school where they are enrolled. I am hungry for resources and strategies that are effective and efficient at delivering reading instructions to our primary pupils. I am here to learn more.

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    Hi, my name is Karen and I have a somewhat different background to most people.

    I am a Secondary trained teacher (Japanese and ICT) but I have spent the last 13 years as a Training Systems Officer in the Navy. In what little spare time I have, I also work as a private tutor with two primary school aged siblings and an adult member of the Navy with dyslexia. I’ve also done other specialist training in phonemic awareness and dyslexia support.

    This course will be useful in both my private practice, my current Navy project and my Doctor of Education (commencing 2023) where my focus will likely be on how we can improve the delivery of ESL and basic adult literacy education,

  7. Sharon Uren

    Hi, I’m very confused as I thought I’d done this online face to face, but it seems there’s another element to it. I’m a full time tutor online, some face to face, and at a YMCA vocational school. This should be very useful and I’ve used it already – but am very confused about whether I need to do it again (as the account says I haven’t done it). Also as to how I get into my Egypt pack as previously offered to participants. Could someone please advise. Thank you.

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    Hi, I’m Louise. Full time tutor for children in junior-middle primary with literacy difficulties. I am loving everything I am learning from Lifelong Literacy, both via books and online training. Looking forward to consolidating what I learned in the face to face session.

  9. Sharon Uren

    Hi, I’m a tutor full time as waaaay too old for a classroom! However, as a psychologist originally I prefer tutoring anyway as you can teach them what and how they require, not what and how the classroom situation and curriculum demand. I have done this course on the original course ‘live’ on 5th May, so am a little confused as to why we are doing it again. Never mind, I’m sure to get more ideas the second time round.

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    Bridget Anderson

    Hello. My name is Bridget. I am a reading specialist and dyslexia interventionist. I provide reading intervention in a public school in Southern California. I want to build my capacity. I attended your webinar on morphemes at 2am this morning.

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    Curator/ Docent of an in-school ‘resource room’ designed to provide academic enrichment and remediation for K-8.
    Background includes various OG programs and Word Inquiry approach.

  12. Bern Pelka

    Hi! I’m Bern. I moved from Williamstown to Bendig in January 2021 and hopefully in our new home in November. I was on LSL during 2021 and now do CRT work in Bendigo on an average of 2 days a week and tutor two students online voluntarily. Online is a real challenge.!!!!!!!! Literacy has been my passion for years. During the last 10 years of teaching, I was Literacy Leader and oversaw NCCD. I have been very concerned for years that we have not been able to effectively and strategically support those students struggling with Literacy. I knew/felt that balanced literacy was what they needed. I did a course through Reading Simplified (came across it on FB) online which led me on my current manic journey to learn more about effective strategic evidence-based instruction and how students learn best. I have done so much – not all of it has however found its way to my long-term memory 🙂 but just can’t seem to get enough. I also love sharing my knowledge and resources with others. My biggest disappointment is the fact that so many still resist change! Any way, looking forward to another learning opportunity.

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    Hi, I’m a teacher working as a tutor within the Tutor Learning Initiative at a state primary school. I’m looking for strategies that will build on basic GPC acquisition with my students in the middle years of primary.

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    Hello! It is Brooke Loader from Red Hill Consolidated School in Grade 3. I am developing my knowledge around using word studies to support literacy development in my classroom. I have just completed the course. Thank you!

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    Hi Lyn, I’m Alex and I live in Adelaide. I am a Primary school teacher and have been teaching remotely in the NT for the last 2 years working with Indigenous students. I am keen to improve my knowledge and understanding of literacy development.

  16. Sharon de Castro

    Kia ora from NZ Lyn, I use this four-step process often with my private students, and have started showing some of the teachers I work with in my RTLit job how to use it with their students, will let you know how this works. I don’t think it will take me too long to go through the course – Thankyou

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    Rosalind Mitchell

    I’m a parent of a dyslexic 13yo. I homeschooled him from Year 2-5 using structured literacy (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, morphology, vocabulary etc) and ever since then I’ve continued my interest in learning about literacy. My son is back in school but his spelling and writing are still significantly behind. When I heard about the 4 step process project I decided to sign up to help out.

  18. Kim Davis

    Hi I am Kim
    I have been watching Christianne work with the 4 Step Process and I really like the model because it encapsulates the upper strands of Scarborough’s ‘Reading Rope’ such as language comprehension, and background knowledge, vocabulary, some language structure and verbal reasoning,.

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    Hi! My name is Katy and I live and tutor in Chicago. I volunteer in Chicago Public Schools with students who are a year or more behind in reading, and I do private tutoring with elementary level kids. This course is exactly what I need because all of my tutees have a difficult time with spelling and I want to learn how to better help them.