Fast ForWord Literacy

Foundational reading and learning software for teenagers and adults

Fast ForWord Literacy software uses the same science as Fast ForWord Foundations I.

  • Auditory discrimination — required for automatic decoding
  • Language structures — for comprehension
  • Working memory — to retain and think about what is read and heard
  • Listening comprehension — to develop metacognition
  • Phonological fluency — automatic decoding for reading comprehension

Fast Forward Literacy helps middle and high school students. There are five exercises.

Galaxy Goal

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Listen to a series of sounds and click a button when the sound changes. This automates phonological fluency and listening accuracy, the building blocks to reading fluency. The need to wait for the sound to change improve patience and focus skills.

Lunar Tunes

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Listen to one word/syllable from each speaker on a grid. Match up each pair of speakers that play the same word/syllable. When all pairs are matched, clear the grid. This helps auditory word recognition, phonological accuracy, phonological fluency and phonological memory.

Space Racer

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Identify each sweep in the sequence by clicking the up and down arrows in the same sequence as the sounds are presented. This is the heart of the Fast ForWord program, the exercise that first confirmed reading to be language skill. Most struggling readers find this exercise a challenge. It helps sequencing working memory and auditory processing speed and accuracy.

Spin Master


Listen to a target syllable, then click the highlighted turntable when the target syllable is presented. This helps phonological fluency, phonological accuracy and phonological memory.

Stellar Stories


Listen to a story and answer comprehension questions. Listen to sentences and select pictures that best represent the sentences. Listen to instructions and manipulate one or more objects as instructed. This helps listening comprehension, language conventions, following directions and vocabulary development.

After Fast ForWord Literacy, most students progress to Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced.