Reading Intervention – MultiLit

MultiLit (“Making Up for Lost Time in Literacy”) is an intervention program developed for effective literacy instruction in Australasia. It is grounded in scientific evidence-based best practice. The program, designed to support students who struggle with reading, is implemented across the school – PreLit, MiniLit and MacqLit.


PreLit is taught to all children in the year prior to entering formal schooling. It may also be suitable for children who come to school without the necessary prerequisite literacy skills in place. The program is systematic, skills-based and taught in a hierarchical sequence and designed to complement a play-based learning environment. There are two main components:

  • Phonological awareness
  • Oral language development through Structured Book Reading


MiniLit targets the bottom 25% of students and is specifically aimed at struggling Year 1 readers but may also be appropriate for “at risk” Kindergarten, and some struggling Year 2 students. It is a Tier Two school-based small group program (up to four students per group) within a Response to Intervention Framework. MiniLit is an integrated and balanced program of 80 carefully structured lessons, divided into two levels of forty lessons each:

Level 1: Teaching the basics of letter/sound knowledge and decoding skills for CVC words
Level 2: Extending word attack knowledge by teaching commonly used digraphs and longer words


MacqLit is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers. It provides teachers with a comprehensive sequence of lessons that includes all the key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

  • Ideal for students who fall in the bottom 25% of a standardised reading test or curriculum-based measure, and who have particular difficulties in the area of word recognition
  • Specifically aimed at struggling readers in Year 3 to 6
  • Small group program
  • Delivered by well-trained and well-supported teacher assistants and parent volunteers