The Dale-Chall Word List

The Dale-Chall readability formula developed by Edgar Dale and Jeanne Chall is calculated by counting difficult words in a piece of text. Which words are counted as familiar?

30 March 2017 by Dave Child

Readability and the Gunning Fog Index

The Gunning Fog index, created in 1944, is a commonly cited readability scoring formula. But, what do the scores mean? How did the formula come about? And when is the test most useful?

27 March 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Death by (poor) readability

At least 6 out of 10 US adults who have internet access use the internet to look up health information. We are all self-diagnosing, self-prescribing and generally bypassing a visit to the GP in exchange for a quick search on Google. And it’s not just the internet where we get acquainted with health advice.

27 March 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Spache readability formula word list

The Spache readability formula, much like the New Dale-Chall Readability Formula, uses a set of words which are familiar to students to calculate the readability of text.

24 March 2017 by Dave Child

Mistakes were made: understanding passive voice

Listen to someone trying to explain a high-profile error, and you’ll probably hear them say something like “Mistakes were made in carrying out the plan” or “The wrong envelope was given to the presenter.”

12 March 2017 by Dave Child

We support read aloud

Reading aloud to children is strongly correlated with better education outcomes – or, to put it another way, the kids that top the class are far more likely to have been read aloud to by their parents.

27 February 2017 by Dave Child