Morphology with Louise Selby

Everyone knows about phonics/phonology as it’s high on the national agenda for intervention currently, but it doesn’t always work. A lot of SENCOs, especially in secondary, are feeling trapped by phonics and Ofsted feeling they don’t have permission to try a new approach. Teachers are also frustrated that they are just being told to do the same thing over and over.

Our new special guest, Louise Selby, joins Dale today to delve into the fascinating world of ‘Morphology’. Louise explains that the English language is made up of 3 systems: phonology, morphology and etymology. Did you know that 80% of our words are made up of morphemes?

“Morphology is those prefixes, suffixes and roots. Those units of meaning in words which are such an integral part of our language.”

Louise Selby, Dyslexia Specialist

Louise explains the 3 systems and breaks down word examples and highlights that phonic rules don’t always help:


Phonic = sh + ou + t + i + d

Morphological = shout + -ed

Louise highlights that research shows that a meaning-based approach with morphology can be effective in intervention and teaching literacy. Join us as we explore the significance of morphology and its potential to transform literacy learning for all children. Listening to this episode will provide valuable insights into how morphology can unlock language skills, nurturing both comprehension and confidence.

Louise Selby

About Louise Selby

Louise worked as a specialist advisory teacher in Hertfordshire Local Authority for 11 years, where she gained extensive experience in training teaching assistants and SENCOs in meeting the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties. Before this, Louise worked as a class teacher and SENCO in the primary sector and also as a teacher of learners with English as an Additional Language. She now works freelance in advising, training and supporting schools as well as assessing for specific learning difficulties (dyslexia). Louise’s interest is in enabling and equipping staff in schools at grass roots level to meet learners’ needs.

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