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High Frequency Prefixes for Reading and Writing

Fully-scripted teaching resources for the 9 most common prefixes in English

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In English, just nine prefixes account for 75% of words that use a prefix (Henry, 2003).

So let's teach them to our students!

We are pleased to introduce our high frequency prefix resource library:

  • Nine, fully-scripted modules.
  • Each module is made up of 10 activities to teach and consolidate knowledge.
  • Activities in each module include:
    • definitions and etymologies of the prefixes for comprehension and spelling;
    • procedural word learning writing activities;
    • auditory bombardment -listening to words with the prefix in sentences;
    • a highlighting activity: spotting the prefix in sentences;
    • a sentence rewriting exercise requiring students to replace words with a word using the prefix;
    • a sentence formulation exercise with semantic constraints;
    • a divergent naming exercise: creative thinking using words with the prefix;
    • a general knowledge investigation of the real world uses of words with the prefix;
    • a verbal reasoning/persuasive writing exercise: generating pros and cons for arguments including words with the prefix; and
    • a story-making exercise with words containing the prefix.
In short, we have prepared fully-scripted teaching materials for the nine most frequent prefixes used in English.
  • Suitable for one-to-one, small group and whole class instruction,
  • Teach one at a time, or cycle through different modules for spaced and interleaved practice.
  • Suitable for typically developing students in Year 4, gifted younger students, and older students with language, learning, reading and/or writing difficulties.
  • Download instantly in PDF and in Google Slides formats.
For more evidence-based information about morphological awareness training, read our article "What else helps struggling readers: the evidence for morphological awareness training".


Your Instructor


David Kinnane
David Kinnane

Known to many as Speech Bloke, David is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Lawyer, Author and Father. He is based in Sydney, Australia, where he helps adults and children with communication issues to speak for themselves.

David manages a busy private speech pathology clinic, and a publishing company for speech pathologists in private practice. He is the founder of Banter Speech & Language, and Speechies in Business. He is passionate about ethical practices and consumer rights and regularly guest lectures to speech pathology students and others on legal issues affecting the profession.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean's Scholar, ranking first in his graduating year. He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Hong Kong, and lived for 8 years in Hong Kong. David is a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification. He is a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the PreLit early literacy preparation program by MultiLit, the Spalding Method for literacy, and Voicecraft for voice issues.

Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, David was a senior lawyer at a US Investment Bank and, before then, worked for global law firms in Hong Kong and Sydney. He knows what it takes to communicate professionally and to compete in a globalised workforce.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with this resource library?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. Please note that - because our resources can be instantly downloaded on purchase - we will need a professional written undertaking from you confirming that you have deleted all copies of the resources in this library before we can process a refund.

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