Written expression improvements in year 6 students

Fast ForWord reading programs are optional extension programs completed after the Fast ForWord Language/Literacy programs. In this study, students in year 6 showed significant improvements in their writing scores (including grammar, capitalisation and coherence).

Dr. Beth Rogowsky studied 81 students in year six. Group 1 consisted of 40 students who were randomly assigned to use Fast ForWord at school, and group 2 consisted of 41 students who did not use Fast ForWord until the study was over. Students were assessed at the beginning and end of the study (January and April) using the Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS).

Group 1 used Fast ForWord for 40 minutes per day, five days a week. After completing Fast ForWord Literacy, they used Fast ForWord Reading 2.

At the start of the study, there was not a statistically significant difference between the scores of the students in the two groups. However, after Fast ForWord training there was a statistically significant difference between the scores of the two groups with statistically significant increases in the scores of the group that had used Fast ForWord. The results of this study led Dr. Rogowsky to conclude that the Fast ForWord training can improve students’ grammar skills and the improvements are evident in a classwide implementation.

Source Rogowsky, B. (2010). The Impact of Fast ForWord® on Sixth Grade Students’ Use of Standard Edited American English. Doctor of Education dissertation, Wilkes University.

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