Fast ForWord research for English language learners (ESL / EAL/D)

Study summary

Students across the United States who were English Language Learners significantly improved language comprehension, a skill critical for becoming a strong reader.

This nationwide sample of at-risk students who were English Language Learners significantly improved language comprehension, a skill critical for becoming a strong reader. The group’s performance moved from below average to well within the average range after using the Fast ForWord Language learning software, showing significantly greater gains than those of the comparison group.

Fast ForWord EAL/D ESL ELL research

Methodology and measures

Participants comprised at-risk students who were English Language Learners from schools nationwide. Students were randomly assigned to either use Fast ForWord Language learning software or to be in a comparison group. Both groups were measured at the start and the end of the study with the Test of Auditory Comprehension of Language (TACL), a standardized, nationally normed language test.

TACL: The Test of Auditory Comprehension of Language measures ability to understand spoken language and comprehend grammar.

Source

Scientific Learning Corporation (1999). Improved Language Skills by Children with Low Reading Performance who used Fast ForWord Language; MAPS for Learning: Product Report 3(1)1:13.

Also see

More research on Fast ForWord for English language learners can be found on the Scientific Learning website.

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