What is Fast ForWord?
Fast ForWord is an evidence-based, adaptive reading and language program that delivers 1-2 years gains in 40-60 hours of use. The programs cross-train language, reading and cognitive skills for long-lasting benefits.
Learn how the Fast ForWord program cross-trains skills to help students reach new learning heights.
In your course materials, write down your thoughts about your students who you think would benefit from the program.
Think of a student you know who struggles to read. They may need more time and effort with the basics of reading, like sounding out words or understanding what they read. They may also have trouble staying focused and remembering what they heard, and as a result, when students struggle in school, they tend to have lower social emotional learning competencies like self-awareness and self-management.
With the use of Fast ForWord program, we simultaneously develop reading skills like phonological awareness and phonics, grammar and vocabulary, and fluency and comprehension, while at the same time developing key cognitive skills for all learning, such as working memory and focused attention. And while working through this rigorous program, students can develop stronger social-emotional learning competencies like self-confidence and a healthy self-concept. Let’s look at some examples of how our program links together cognitive skills with reading and language skills.
We have Fast ForWord exercises from our elementary and secondary components for those students who are behind in their reading grade level.
Reading comprehension and fluency is also a key part of this program. Each student is assigned a library of selections and genres at their level. Even students who are older but need simpler text. The reading Assistant plus component gives students opportunities to practice and develop fluency and comprehension skills through the active reading itself.
This is a socially safe environment that uses speed recognition technology to listen to students read and give immediate corrective feedback on their fluency or pronunciation skills.
Hopefully, these examples we’re able to show you how this program is adaptive and engaging for students at any level.