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Fast ForWord® Tops List of Nine Interventions for Improved English Language Development training.

The What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education. The What Works Clearinghouse does not endorse specific educational programs, products, practices, or policies; rather, they review the research literature on these approaches, looking for evidence of effectiveness.

Ranked the top English language development program on What Works Clearinghouse™, Fast ForWord is uniquely designed to build the listening, speaking and reading skills for beginning to advanced language learners. The program provides the English phonics training, intensive grammar and vocabulary practice, and oral speaking and reading reinforcement necessary to build both basic and academic English proficiency.

Arizona State Board of Education Chooses Scientific Learning’s Build English Fast Solution to provide Language Development and Literacy Intervention for English Language Learners. Check it out below.

Build English Fast – 69% of the intermediate students move to Proficient in less than a school year

Stuck at Intermediate?

Don’t let your students plateau. So many English Language Learners struggle to move beyond the basic and intermediate levels, but when a group of Deer Valley, AZ USD English Language Learners used the Fast ForWord program, 69% of the “Intermediate” students moved up to Proficient in less than a school year.


University Students Improve 25% in Writing Skills in 11 weeks using Fast ForWord123

25 university students who had Fast ForWord123 training for 11 weeks boosted their writing skills 25%.

This compares with a control group of 28 students at the same university who did not receive the training, and who showed no improvement over the same 11 week period.

Because no explicit practice with writing is included in the training program, the results of this study demonstrate that training in basic cognitive, listening, and reading skills generalise to improved writing ability.

The writing skills of the Fast ForWord 123 group were measured before and after training. The measurement tool was the OWLS Written Expression Scale. This is an internationally recognised standardised assessment which showed the 25 students improved their writing skills from below the control group students to above them after the training.

A peer-reviewed paper by researchers at the Centre for Molecular & Behavioural Neuroscience, Rutgers University, USA (Rogowsky et al, 2013, Frontiers in Psychology), concluded