New supplemental lessons for Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant provide additional support for ELLs
Director of Marketing
Scientific Learning Corporation
With Build English Fast™, neuroscience-designed software from Scientific Learning Corp. (OTC PINK:SCIL), K-12 schools are taking advantage of the latest research on how the brain learns and the latest technology to accelerate English language acquisition for English language learners (ELLs). Of course, students who are not familiar with English idioms, cultural references, and vocabulary may need extra support when learning the language. To help teachers provide targeted support, Scientific Learning has released the Build English Fast Offline Resources for English Learners.
The Build English Fast solution is a combination of Fast ForWord®, the top-ranked intervention for English language development on What Works Clearinghouse™, and Reading Assistant™, which uses speech recognition technology to listen to ELLs as they read aloud. Unlike other interventions, this combination addresses three critical steps for English language proficiency: preparing the brain to “hear” the sounds of English; providing intensive practice in English vocabulary, grammar and reading skills; and giving students the opportunity to practice speaking and reading aloud with real-time corrective feedback.
With the new offline resources, teachers now have another tool to help move ELLs to proficiency. The core of the resources are individual, leveled lessons that supplement the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs. The lessons are based on the SIOP® Model, with added differentiation for the Fast ForWord exercises. Many of the lessons provide writing tasks, including work with graphic organizers, and flash cards to support vocabulary development. While each lesson is written for a 10- to 30-minute mini-lesson or class session, teaches can adapt them as needed to meet students’ or scheduling needs.
In addition to ELLs, the offline resources can be used with any Fast ForWord or Reading Assistant student who might benefit from extra practice, including students who are new to the programs, students needing extra support to advance more quickly, or students being considered for or receiving special education services.
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