Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. That Reading Thing - General Information

Yes, but they cost exactly the same as purchasing them with the training. In effect, you’re always paying for the materials and the training and support are free.

Can you buy the training on its own? No, because the training has no application apart from how to use the TRT materials.

No, but we’re very pleased to announce, That Spelling Thing, a spelling course for classroom teachers.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements and training opportunites.

The price for the online package of materials and training is £145 per person plus shipping*.

The price of on-site training in a maximum of £200 person plus shipping, travel & accommodation**.

Discounts are available for 10 or more trainees.

The price includes your materials and non-expiring membership at our tutor support site.

*There’s also a small foreign currency cost for non-UK customers.

Customers in Australia, Europe and the USA can also pay by local bank transfer with no foreign currency fees.

**Minimum numbers apply to on-site training. Get in touch for details.

Yes and maybe.

Yes for the first 8 – 12 hours worth of lessons.

If your student then feels very confident about the strategies, they might do just fine in a small group working more on spelling and writing as well as reading. Get in touch to talk about how it could work for you. The most important factor is how the young person will react.

If you must work in groups from the beginning, you won’t get anywhere near the results we got in our assessment. Try to get all the way through the Foundation Levels one-to-one.

 

No. A person who has a learning difficulty can get to Level 30 and still be reading quite slowly. Another person, who maybe just missed learning to read, can be quite fluent by Level 30.

Yes. You can see reviews on the review page or on the carousel at the bottom of the homepage.

Yes – and here’s a link to the assessment.

We recommend 1 hour per week for 1-to-1. It’s possible to do 30 minute lessons but we recommend two per week if you can manage it. Lessons shorter than 30 minutes probably won’t lead to the success noted in our evaluation.

There are Pre-TRT Levels available for those learners who are starting from the very basics. The resources will be available on the support site when you’ve registered for the full training.

2. Who is That Reading Thing for?

No, but we’re very pleased to announce, That Spelling Thing, a spelling course for classroom teachers.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements and training opportunites.

TRT was written for largely white working class boys in the North of England and some of the names and language reflect that. However, it’s been used very successfully in Birmingham and London with students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. I’m very open to rewriting stories and word lists to reflect the diversity of our students. Please drop me an email with your ideas and I’ll come up with something to put in the materials section on trt-two.

Yes! It’s recommended by the Dyslexia SpLD Trust and is used widely by dyslexia tutors.

No! There are extra materials for standard North American English too. If you have a different accent, you can make changes as you go. It’s very flexible.The beauty of online student materials is that I can edit and create culture specific lists and stories if you get in touch.

TRT works best as an intervention if the learner has reasonable spoken English but struggles to read and spell.

However, we’re looking for partners to start developing a new programme for using TRT principles in ESOL classrooms. Get in touch if that might be you!

In the UK we say that the minimum age is 11 or Year 6 – and only as a preparation for high school. I’d ask other countries to consider how it could best be used to get young people ready for high school and would say 6th or 7th grade as the lower age range. The key thing is that we want to protect the “teen” brand for the sake of our older learners. I wouldn’t want any 15 year old finding out that their 9 year old sister was getting the same help. Our learners have had enough humiliation and TRT is too mature for younger children

3. General Training Questions

That Reading Thing is already heavily discounted. By putting the training online, it now costs half of what it did a few years ago. There are no extra materials or licences to purchase, so it’s affordable even if you have only one student who needs it.

However, here are discounts for schools, colleges & statutory agencies who want to train 10 or more staff members online and 20 or more staff members on-site. Ask about extra support for local community charities.

Get in touch to request a brochure.

Please get in touch to request a brochure and a registration form.

You can now have a combination on-site/online training which includes one full day of TRT training at your chosen location for an introduction to the method and the Foundation lessons. Everyone gets a code to access the online videos to complete the training.

There’s a discounted rate for groups of 10 or more.

4. Online TRT training -General Information

Yes, but they cost exactly the same as purchasing them with the training. In effect, you’re always paying for the materials and the training and support are free.

Can you buy the training on its own? No, because the training has no application apart from how to use the TRT materials.

No – you really can’t. Please plan to put aside at least 2 full days or 4 twilight sessions for training. There’s far too much new information to take in in one sitting and there are activities that you may want to take a little time over. On the other hand, try to start working with your first student before your 7 weeks are up so you can delve back into the videos if you want.

The six hour course contains the information that you’d get over 2 days in a face to face training. It’s a lot to take in but don’t feel you have to have everything perfectly committed to memory. You’ve got all the information in your manual plus the reminder clips over on trt-two.com.

To get the most out of your time, I suggest going through the videos in a maximum of 3 weeks then jump right in with a student. You’ve then got 4 weeks to go back and review bits you want to see again.

If you’ve got colleagues who are interested, do the training together. It’s great to have the support.

You get the same content that’s included in the 2 full days of training and all the materials necessary for working one-to-one with an unlimited number of students. All you’ll have to add is reading material.

5. Online TRT training - cost

That Reading Thing is already heavily discounted. By putting the training online, it now costs half of what it did a few years ago. There are no extra materials or licences to purchase, so it’s affordable even if you have only one student who needs it.

However, here are discounts for schools, colleges & statutory agencies who want to train 10 or more staff members online and 20 or more staff members on-site. Ask about extra support for local community charities.

Get in touch to request a brochure.

The price for the online package of materials and training is £145 per person plus shipping*.

Discounts are available for 10 or more trainees.

The price includes your materials and non-expiring membership at our tutor support site.

*There’s also a small foreign currency cost for non-UK customers.

Customers in Australia, Europe and the USA can also pay by local bank transfer with no foreign currency fees.

 

Individuals

If you’re an in the UK you can pay by card with PayPal or choose the “pay by invoice” option to pay by bank transfer or cheque. Materials and a registration code will be sent 1 week after the cheque clears your bank.

If you’re in Australia or the USA, you can pay by PayPal (with a small fee for currency exchange) or by bank transfer in local currency. Ask for details

UK schools and organisations can also pay by purchase order. Ask us about that option.

Use the contact page if you want to discuss which will work best for you.

6. TRT-Two - TRT Tutor Support

If you’ve finished training or are currently taking the online training, go to the TRT-Two contact page with this link and request a code.

Go to TRT-Two and sign in there. All the materials are there. If you need a code, use the TRT-Two contact form to request one.