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ERIC Number: ED493770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-28
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Fast ForWord Language. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Fast ForWord Language" is a computer-based instructional program developed to build cognitive skills students need to improve English language proficiency and reading skill. It consists of seven game-like exercises, including nonverbal and verbal sound discrimination, phonological processing, vocabulary recognition, and language comprehension. One study of "Fast ForWord Language" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards, and a second study met WWC standards with reservations. The two studies included a total of 250 kindergarten through sixth-grade English language learners from 16 school districts. The studies examined results on phonological awareness skills, reading achievement, and English language development. The Scientific Learning Corporation (2004) study included 85 English language learning kindergartner through fifth-grade students from nine school districts. The English language learner subsample was part of a larger sample of 452 academically at-risk students. It compared English language development outcomes for 53 randomly assigned students who used the program against the outcomes for 32 control students who used their regular curriculum. The Troia (2004) study included 191 English language learning first-through sixth-grade students in seven elementary schools in five rural Washington school districts. It compared reading outcomes for 99 students who used the program against the outcomes for 92 students who used their regular curriculum. In both studies, the treatment group received English language instruction using "Fast ForWord Language," while the comparison group followed their regular education curriculum. The treatment groups used the "Fast ForWord Language" program about 100 minutes a day, five days a week for five to eight weeks. Each participant worked on multiple 20-minute "Fast ForWord Language" training exercises every day. Of the two studies reviewed by the WWC, one reported potentially positive effects of "Fast ForWord Language" on English language development, and the other reported no discernible effects on reading achievement of elementary school English language learners. The evidence presented in this report is limited and may change as new research emerges. (Contains 7 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following two studies are reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Scientific Learning Corporation. (2004). Improved language skills by children with low reading performance who used Fast ForWord Language: MAPS for learning. "MAPS for Learning," 3 (1), 1-13; and (2) Troia, G. A. (2004). Migrant students with limited English proficiency: Can Fast ForWord Language make a difference in their language skills and academic achievement? "Remedial and Special Education," 25(6), 353-366.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
IES Funded: Yes