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Intensive Reading Programs was founded in 1992 by Heather Harvey, a hardworking teacher dedicated to supporting and improving the literacy skills of her students. The program quickly rose to critical acclaim, from parents and teachers alike, and is repeatedly named by both primary and secondary schools as the best program for dealing with reading problems (DETYA).

To this day Intensive Reading Programs has proudly supplied over 8000 schools in Australia with fun, structured reading programs that deliver results.

The program is available for both Primary and Secondary education at all reading abilities.


Primary Program

The Intensive Reading Programs for Primary Students consists of 9 books: a Teacher’s Manual, four reproducible Student Workbooks and four reproducible Games Books. In addition to the core program, students can also enjoy reading novels that complement each level, as well as grammar books for all ages.

There are four separate programs (Level 123 and 4), each designed to be completed in 10 weeks.

The program boasts:

  • structured, skills-based reading programs
  • an easy to follow format for teachers or parents
  • lessons prepared with strikingly illustrated worksheets and games

Each weekly unit includes:

  • reading rule(s)
  • vocabulary list
  • oral reading
  • word meanings
  • comprehension
  • reading games
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Level 1

This program is a 10-week intensive reading course designed for the student with severe reading problems, i.e. Reading Age 7.0 – 7.6 years.

Level 2

This program is designed for the student who has completed Level 1 or who has already acquired those skills. The program teaches conventions such as ar, or, ee, ea, oa, ow, er, ou, etc. It also provides more work on syllables, and significantly increases vocabulary levels. Reading Age 7.6 -8 years

Level 3

Program is appropriate as a starting point for the child who knows the basic skills but lacks knowledge of the more difficult conventions such as soft c, soft g, au, aw, ea (as in bread) silent letters etc. These students typically have a Reading Age between 8.6-9.6 yrs approx.

Level 4

Program is particularly appropriate for a grade 6 child with a Reading Age between 9.0-10.6 yrs approximately, who lacks knowledge of the advanced phonic skills needed to cope with reading at the secondary level, e.g. sounds of y, ch says k, ph, unconventional words, endings such as -sion, -cious, -tial, etc. Vocabulary enrichment is directed at upper primary level.


Secondary Program

Consists of a Teacher’s Manual, four reproducible Student Workbooks and four reproducible Games Books. In addition to the core program, students can also enjoy reading novels that complement each level, as well as grammar books for all ages.

There are four separate programs (Program A, B, C and D), each designed to be completed in 10 weeks.

The program boasts:

  • Offers structured, skills-based reading programs for secondary students with reading problems
  • Designed for group instruction
  • Results in dramatic improvement, with a built-in monitoring system
  • Presents an easy-to-follow format for teachers and parents. All the work is done for you!

Weekly units include:

  • reading rules
  • vocabulary list
  • oral reading
  • word meanings
  • comprehension
  • reading games

Program A

A 12-week intensive reading course designed for the student with moderate reading disability e.g. Reading Age 8.6 – 10.6 at age 12 yrs (R.A. 9.0 – 11.6 at age 13yrs and older). Students would typically be within ‘normal’ general ability range. Content teaches advanced phonic concepts which dominate secondary texts and teaches relevant vocabulary. Reading gains of 3 years or more are common with this program. Suitable for Grades 7 – 11.

Program B

A 15-week intensive reading course designed for secondary students with severe reading problems, i.e. Reading Age below 8.6 Yrs. Students would typically be in low ability range. Units 1 – 6 teach sight vocabulary from combined subject areas, and the remaining units cover reading rules. Suitable for Grades 7 – 10.

Program C

A 10-week program consisting of subject-specific Units of Work, covering Geography, History, Health/P.D. and Maths. Same format as other programs except for absence of reading rules. Provides students with comprehensive subject-related vocabulary allowing them to focus on topic content. Units can be treated in special reading class or within faculty area. Same format as Programs A and B except for the absence of reading rules. Provides students with comprehensive subject-related vocabulary, allowing them to focus on topic content. Units can be treated in special reading classes or within faculty area. Suitable for Grades 7 – 8.

Program D

10-week program consisting of subject-specific units of work in Science, D&T, Art and English. Same format as Programs A and B except for the absence of reading rules. Provides students with comprehensive subject-related vocabulary, allowing them to focus on topic content. Units can be treated in special reading classes or within faculty area. Suitable for Grades 7 – 8.