About

The Fast ForWord program develops and strengthens memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing—the cognitive skills essential for learning and reading success. The strengthening of these areas result in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, working memory, syntax, grammar, and other skills necessary to learn how to read.

Rdg_Assistant_iconFast ForWord Reading Assistant provides ‘real time’ intervention through speech recognition software.  Students gain practice and confidence as they read a variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction).  The program provides support in reading fluency, vocabulary, as well as comprehension strategies.

At SD41, we are very excited to have Fast ForWord across the district at both elementary and secondary sites [Aubrey Elementary,  Buckingham Elementary, Cascade Heights Elementary, Chaffey-Burke Elementary, Clinton Elementary, Douglas Road Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Kitchener Elementary,  Lakeview Elementary, Lochdale Elementary, Lyndhurst Elementary, Ecole Marlborough Elementary, Montecito Elementary, Morley Elementary, Nelson Elementary, Seaforth Elementary, Ecole Sperling Elementary, Taylor Park Elementary,  Twelfth Avenue Elementary, Westridge Elementary, Byrne Creek Secondary, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby Mountain Secondary, Burnaby Central Secondary].

Canadian National Reference Site – We are pleased to be recognized by Scientific Learning as a Canadian National Reference site.

For more information about the program:


Deborah Simak, Director of Instruction-Learning Support Services
Janet Chow,  Fast ForWord Coordinator and District Learning Technologies Teacher