ERIC Number: ED447427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This paper provides an overview of Fast ForWord, a CD-ROM and Internet-based training program for children (pre-K to grade 8) with language and reading problems that helps children rapidly build oral language comprehension and other critical skills necessary for learning to read or becoming a better reader. With the help of computers, speech sounds can be altered, reproduced, and eventually differentiated by children with language difficulties. Using this technology in an intensive, adaptive training program, students can develop a wide range of critical language skills such as phonemic awareness, auditory processing speed, phonological awareness, working memory, syntax, grammar, sequencing, and other necessary reading skills. Key components of Fast ForWord include seven training exercises, an Internet-based performance review, and Scientific Learning's Web site. Sections of the paper discuss background, philosophy and goals, program components, evidence of effectiveness, professional development and support, implementation, costs, considerations, contact information, and policy issues and questions. (SR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, High Risk Students, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Internet, Preschool Education, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Remedial Reading
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., #2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427. Tel: 303-299-3600; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.