Academic English takes 7+ years to learn. You don’t have that kind of time.

Speed up the process of learning and comprehending both spoken and written English for your English Language Learner (ELL) students with the Fast ForWord® and Reading Assistant™ software products by targeting foundational cognitive skills and language fundamentals.

Stuck at Intermediate?

Don’t let your students plateau. So many English Language Learners struggle
 to move beyond the basic and intermediate levels, but when a group of Deer Valley, AZ USD English Language Learners used the Fast ForWord program, 68% of the “Intermediate” students moved up to Proficient in less than a school year.

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Watch: English Language Learner Webinar

Build the ELL Brain
Length: 30 minutes (with 15 minutes of Q&A at the end)

Despite educators’ best efforts to teach students English as quickly as possible, many never develop academic English fluency. Join Dr. Martha Burns as she reviews the newest research on the English Language Learner (ELL) brain, the advantages of true bilingualism, and how effective technological adjuncts can build the English brain, quickly, moving ELL students to proficiency.


Fast ForWord

Fast ForWord is an online reading intervention that uses the principles of neuroplasticity–the ability of the brain to rewire and improve–to accelerate English language learning.

What skills does it target?

  • Builds the phonemic map in the brain for the English language
  • Helps to speed up English language acquisition
  • Teaches new vocabulary
  • Targets listening comprehension and following directions
  • Incorporates all forms of English grammar, simple to complex

Fast ForWord Testimonial

Bruce, a high school student from Dallas ISD, talks about how Fast ForWord helped him.

Reading Assistant

Reading Assistant is the only online reading tool that uses speech recognition to support English Language Learners as they read aloud.

How does it work?

  • Acts as a non-judgmental listener, guiding English Language Learners (ELLs) through just-right reading selections
  • Corrects ELLs when they misread a word
  • Builds ease and comfort with speaking and reading in English
  • Helps to build language and reading fluency

Watch: ELL Recorded Webinar

Reading English as a Second Language: Challenges and Solutions

Dr. Virginia Mann discusses the benefits of early immersion in English, the need for phoneme awareness in any language, and the challenge of morphology—homophones, irregular verbs and nouns and vocabulary. She also introduces the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs and explains how they accelerate English language acquisition for your ELLs.

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Reading Assistant Progress Demo

ESL student reading a passage for the first time.

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ESL student reading the same passage 45 minutes later.

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