Fast ForWord Australian school research

Improvements in language skills and literacy skills in WA schools

Students aged 5-14 years used the Fast ForWord program in a study conducted by Sonic Learning in four Western Australian primary schools.

On average, the students who participated in the Fast ForWord program made significantly better gains on a battery of language and literacy tests than a comparison group who received the standard curriculum alone.

  • Literacy Skills improved from 12th to 25th percentile
  • Receptive Language Skills improved from 12th to 21st percentile
  • Expressive Language Skills improved from 10th to 18th percentile.

Methodology and measures

The study was a single-blind randomised trial with a comparison group. Students were assessed with the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-Fourth Edition – Australian Standardised Edition (CELF-4), and the Queensland University Inventory of Literacy (QUIL).

The CELF is a comprehensive language test widely used to measure a student’s ability to understand words and sentences, follow directions, recall and formulate sentences, and understand relationships between words and categories.

The QUIL is a standardised clinical tool used to assess the phonological awareness skills of school age children as they pertain to literacy.


Corbitt, C., Hutchinson, B., Hutchinson, C., Parsons, L., Pickford, T. (2015). Improved Language and Literacy Skills in Students who used Fast ForWord programs at State Primary Schools in Western Australia. Open Science Journal of Education. Vol. 3, No. 5, pp.32-37.

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