The Fast ForWord language program is a software-based educational program designed to help elementary school children improve basic language comprehension and reading skills. Programs include Fast ForWord Language v2 and Fast ForWord Language to Reading v2. Both reading programs are beneficial to students deemed as "at risk," students learning English as a second language and special needs students.
Fast ForWord Language v2 is based on the outcomes of research of over 50,000 students, and the program is geared towards helping young students read better by doing various language exercises. Utilizing a Response to Intervention approach, this program helps students develop long-term memory. Students are given multiple tasks to complete to help them focus, and this helps them develop auditory and phonetic skills. Fast ForWord Language to Reading v2 uses storytelling techniques to help students understand words and sentences visually and orally.
Students who use Fast ForWord Language programs are continuously challenged due to the program's built-in adaptability settings. Each keystroke interprets specific responses, and the program makes adjustments to account for the student's skill level. Learning is expedited, because the program teaches cognitive and reading skills simultaneously. Students are encouraged to complete tier levels through a system of rewards. Teachers can opt to use Fast ForWord Language programs three days per week or five days per week at 30 to 50 minutes per session.