What is

Lexicology for Reading?


Lexicology for Reading is my answer to the Literacy Crisis. It is an excellent approach to embed Literacy across the Curriculum. Lexicology bridges the gap between the 44 Phonic sounds and reading polysyllabic words. I have identified the one, Public School, advantage that we can all do something about. I have addressed the lack of Classics in State Schools. More specifically Lexicology for Reading enables students to decode new and unfamiliar vocabulary through the study of the meanings of affixes. This is a transferable skill that benefits Literacy Across the Curriculum. Essentially the teaching and learning approach is 100% Prefixology and Suffixology. The 'Basic Toolkit,' includes sixty - four Prefixes and seventy - eight Suffixes. The majority have their roots in either Latin or Greek. They provide, age appropriate, predominantly monosyllabic reading for teenagers. The fifty - seven affixes in the Primary National Curriculum (both statutory and non-statutory combined) form the basis for the Primary Programme.


Reading rules and rule breakers are learnt through the study of affixes. Students are enabled to identify affixes and decode new and unfamiliar vocabulary. Students learn through guided discovery, aural, oral, kinaesthetic and quizzical tasks. Open questions are used to elicit meanings of affixes from students through word association. The courses are suitable for all students that are reading polysyllabic words. There is no compulsory homework however all courses are supported with access to Lexicology for Reading, Interactive Flashcards, tests and games - which have proven to be an excellent motivational tool for self - study.


The family unit in the 21st Century is often complex with many extended step and step in - law members. Lexicology for Reading takes a 21st Century approach to Lexicology and aims to broaden word families beyond the conventional, safe, subject specific to include their relations across the curriculum.


My mission is to promote Lexicology as the Key to solve the Literacy Crisis: creating Life - Long Learners.


Miss Carol Ann Joyce

Founding Director





Lexicology for Reading basic skills:

What are, how to recognise and when to use Long/Open/Untrapped

and Short/Closed/Trapped

Vowel Sounds.

Diphthongs/Gliding Vowels;

Vowel Digraphs including:

oo, ee, ay, ei;

Consonant Digraphs including:

sh, th, ch, wh;

Silent letters including:

b, n, d, e;

Syllabification of Key Stage Keywords;

Prefixology and Suffixology in

The National Curriculum including:

s, es, ing, est, un, ful, less, ly.




Lexicology for Reading basic skills are learnt through KS3/4 English,

Maths and Science keywords.

Over One Hundred Prefixes

and Suffixes are studied:

Inflectional Suffixes;

Derivational Suffixes;

Silent letters: h, t, k, g, u, c, w;

Subject specific Keywords,

if provided by the centre,

will be syllabified and

studied during the course.




Lexicology for Reading basic skills are learnt through the appropriate key stage vocabulary with

emphasis on the Schwa sounds;

meanings of Prefixes;

forms of

Inflectional Suffixes including -

Plurals: s, es, ies, ae, en;

Past Tense, Past Participles

Imperfect Tense,

Third Person Singular Present,

Comparatives and Superlatives.

Gifted and Talented


Bespoke courses,

for all age groups,

cover the origins of language

as well as meaning - Not just Lexicology but Etymology too.

Prefixes and Suffixes:

include many common in

medical terminology.

This course is

suitable for students:

Studying Latin;

Hoping to Study Latin in the future;

Planning a Career in Medicine.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ...




A well known proverb yet we still teach subject specific vocabulary without teaching what the component parts of the words mean...




Lexicology for Reading is the Key to improving Literacy across the curriculum...





Lexicology for Reading identifies the main advantage between Public and State School Education: the one advantage that everyone can address - The Classics or more specifically the Classical roots of language.




Understanding the meanings of affixes enables readers to decode otherwise unknown words. Through word association students are guided to discover that they already have the key to unlock unfamiliar vocabulary.



Measuring Success


The test - teach - test format is necessary to compile data on the success of the 'Lexicology for Reading,' courses. Quizlet is a fun way for learners to be tested online. Schools/Colleges will be allocated a unique access code to the free quiz designed for their learners. Paper copies can be provided and marked at an additional cost. Schools/Colleges are encouraged to share their pre/post course data if they have also conducted other well known reading comprehension tests. Lexicology for Reading ' Top One Hundred,' test is also available as an alternative or additional form of testing - this test can be administered by schools / colleges so that students can be selected for intervention programmes that best meet their needs. This will also help to place students in appropriate study groups amongst peers with similar levels of understanding rather than similar reading ages alone.

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