Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced consists of five exercises:
Students get the cool Sky Rider to surf her space-board by identifying, remembering, and repeating the number and order of a series of modulated frequency sound sweeps. The frequencies have a direct connection to the frequencies of letter sounds and speech sounds. This exercise improves organisation, focus, and working memory.
While helping the ball-player strike the correct words, the student identifies and discriminates a target word from a series of phonologically similar words. This exercise improves organisation and focus skills, word analysis, phonological awareness, and working memory, as well as visual tracking to reinforce left-to-right reading patterns.
Students power up the space-bungy by using auditory and visual cues to match spoken words with written and spoken words, and discriminate between phonologically similar words. By using this exercise the students improve organisation and focus skills, word analysis, phonological awareness, and working memory.
The laser recorder displays the student’s scores when pairs of written and spoken words in a grid of monitor screens are correctly matched. This exercise improves organisation and focus skills, word analysis, phonological awareness, and working memory by using auditory and visual cues to prompt the student to make the matches.
Students listen to the directions and manipulate items on a checkerboard, They also attempt to choose the correct picture from a selection of four, after listening to a description of the picture. This improves skills in listening comprehension, organisation, focus, and English language conventions. Increasingly difficult grammar and syntax exercises occur as students progress.
Language and reading skills developed by Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced:
- Advanced listening skills (accuracy, comprehension)
- Auditory sequencing
- Phonemic awareness
- Language skills
- Word analysis
- Association between sounds and spelling patterns
- Decoding and memory skills
- Reinforcing learned content
- Word to print mapping skills
- Reinforce left-to-right visual scanning patterns for reading
- Following complex directions
- English language conventions including vocabulary.
Cognitive skills developed by Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced:
- Working memory and retrieval from long term memory
- Sustained and focused attention
- Auditory processing of tonal sweeps
- Sequencing ability
- Phonological memory
- Auditory and linguistic processing
- Auditory processing of phonemes for identification and recognition
- Visual processing of letters and words
- Cross–modal processing of phoneme associations
- Monitoring words by utilising sustained and focused attention
- Processing skills – auditory, visual and cross–modal.