Q. I can't get the buttons to open .
A. Move your cursor over the text or see Specifications
Q. Is it all free?
A. Everything on the web site is free and can be copied
I can no longer supply free DVDs but there are two authorised commercial sellers
Q. Can I copy the program?It is copyright © Valerie Yule with a Creative
Commons copyright, but
everything can be copied and you can share it around.
You can print out documents.
If you have the facilities, you can copy items on to a DVD
Q. How can I contact you?
A. Email or
send a card to Valerie Yule, 57 Waimarie Drive,
Mount Waverley, Vic. Australia 3149.
All messages cannot be replied to, but all will be read.
Q. Isn't there too much in one go for learners to take
in at one viewing.
A. It is intended to be watched several times. The Home Page sets out 14 different sections of the movie
so that you can watch or download al the parts you need to
Watching again and again makes it all familiar and easy to
This is better than 'a million ways to learn one thing.'
Q. I can't find where my downloads go to.
A. Look on your desk-top. You can then move your downloads
to wherever you like.
Q. How can I get a copy of the DVD?
A.There are now commercial distributors, so that the DVD can be
accessed from libraries, schools, courses, video-shops,
bought cheaply if you cannot copy your own.
Q. Have there been evaluations of whether this is
A. Yes. See for example Appendix 6A to submission 144 to
Australian Federal Government Nelson Inquiry into the
Teaching of Reading. here and here
Almost everyone discovers something useful that they did
and very many are greatly helped.
Some viewers may prefer different pictures, songs or style. Everyone is different.
We would like different versions to suit diffrent tastes and needs.
But until then, it is worth half an hour to watch the parts you do not
Official evaluations are welcomed.
Q How long must I wait for the video or a section to
A. This varies according to your computer and speed of
The whole movie is a large file and so
it takes longer than the short sections of it that you can
view from the Home Page,
and view online or download to your
Scroll over the buttons at the top of the page for
Sounds, Letters, Words, Spelling and
Reading what you want to read.
Q. Can it all be set out as lessons?
A. Yes, but the half-hour overview is the most important
thing to watch to understand spelling and be helped in
Listen to the instructions for 'activities' in the
voice-over on the Home Page.
But you can break it down into 22 lessons if you want. See
and its links.
Q. How can I remember what I find out?
A You can download and print out check lists from the
to see how much you knew already and how much you find
There is a colored picture checklist and a plain black
and white. Choose the one you want.
Q. If someone cannot read, how can they work this
A.. 1. The DVD Version 11 of Oz read and spell can be
watched on a DVD player. This is the easiest way to go.
Or 2. Use the web-site pages. Someone will need
to show learners how to get on to the web-site pages.
Then they can find their own way next time.
3. Listen to the introduction on the Home Page.
4. Parts of the video can be downloaded on to your
computer so that learners can open
just the sections they
want to watch again and again.
If the program will not open, download Flash and Acrobat
Reader from the first page.
Q. Can I make the movie pictures bigger?
Download the sections you want on to your computer and make
them any size you want.
Note that different computers work differently so some
problems can be computer specific.
Q. The sound and the pictures do not always match.
A. Your computer cannot cope with the whole big movie at one
Watch or download the sections of it that you want to watch
from the Home Page.
Q. I wait and wait for a part to load, and the
slider does not move from 0%.
A. Try again another time in case it is just a glitch.
Q. Any more answers to questions?
A. See The Serious Side on www.ozreadandspell.com.au
Q. What is the research and rationale that backs this
A. See the Serious Side.
Q. What do I need for my computer to run the full
A. Preferably broadband or cable
PC preferablyWindows 2000XP or above
Macintosh preferably OS X or above
Earlier systems and dial-up modem can work but can be too
And see specifications on the ENTER page
Q. Why is the spelling sometimes odd? eg grafics
A. Because some day English spelling will be made
and why shouldn't words like grafic be spelled more like
the original Greek?
Q. There is so much that I do not know where to start.
A. Go to the Home Page, and look at the different
sections at the top, to see what you want to watch first.
it is spelling that you want to understand, for example,
then you will start at Part 4.
Then you can look at the
other parts and other information on the Home Page whenever
Q. The sound and the pictures do not always match.
A. Your computer may not be able to cope with the whole big
movie at one go.
Go to the Home Page and load the sections of it that you
want to watch or copy to your computer.
Q. Which theory of reading is Ozreadandspell based on? There
are so many theories of reading.
A. All of them - Whole Language, Whole Word Learning,
Synthetic Phonics, Analytic Phonics,
Eclectic - They are all applied!
Q. Can there be different versions for different
A. Different versions should be made for children,
teenagers, English language learners, versions for different
learners with particular difficulties.
We would like to make DreamTime Dillybag with
Australian indigenous teachers, artists, writers and
Learners deserve the best.
Q Can I change the volume of the sound?
A. Yes, your computer has a way to make the volume louder or