Expressways To Reading®
Expressways To Reading® is used for remedial and normal training from kindergarten through adult levels. It is also used extensively to teach English as an additional language. There are 330 lessons, 45 to 60 minutes in length, presented in the Expressways To Reading® system. It is expected that the student finish at least 1 lesson each day for 4-5 days each week.
There are also 10 preparatory lessons to introduce Expressways To Reading® for very primary levels. They help develop listening skill, directionality and position in space while increasing attention span, improving focus and introducing phonemic awareness. These 10 preparation lessons are primarily used for 4, 5, and 6-year-old children who need to begin developing their written language and reading skills in preparation for Expressways To Reading®. Daily 45 minute lessons are given for 4-6 weeks for best results.
Expressways To Reading® Characteristics
Expressways To Reading® Features
Expressways To Reading® Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing (A-VIP)
1. In federal court in a copyright-contested case, Expressways To Learning®, Inc. (ETL), was able to prove that Expressways To Reading® (ETR) is a unique, one-of-a-kind reading system, unlike any other. Its approach is not in the public domain. Although ETL is continuously improving and upgrading all its systems, in August 2007 and thereafter, major exciting additions and updates to ETR have been released.
2. Expressways To Reading® (ETR) is unique because of the way in which all its systems and programs are integrated, correlated, and sequenced.
3. ETR uses music and metering, which simultaneously engages both hemispheres of the brain, while setting up a rhythm and flow throughout the programs.
4. ETR integrates flash and pause speed options for each program that can be customized quickly and easily for each student’s individual needs.
5. Each reading lesson teaches and develops the student’s phonemic awareness also referenced as intensive, sequential phonics. Spelling, pronunciation, diction, vocabulary, dictation and writing skills are simultaneously improved. The lessons simultaneously enhance listening skills and reading fluency. Throughout these lessons, the brain develops better sequencing, memory, integration, and comprehension.
6. Although some of the reading text in the early lessons, especially the Word Lists, seems very easy, students are able to read quickly at higher levels due to the firm foundation. The first 50 lessons involve learning short-vowel words which comprise nearly 65% of our English vocabulary.
7. ETR introduces information through the student’s stronger learning modality (visual or auditory), immediately followed with the learner’s weaker modality. Amazingly, the transfer from the stronger to the weaker modality takes place automatically. Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing (AVIP) creates an automatic short-term to long-term learning sequence in the brain, which develops excellent retention, affecting learning in many other areas in addition to reading.
8. While utilizing a variety of techniques and approaches to learning, ETR not only synthesizes and organizes them, but also adds a new dimension, referred to as (AVIP) Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing. This results in a neurological change as well as remediation in a surprisingly short period of time. It is not unusual to witness partial or total elimination of dyslexia, ADHD, autism, or other learning challenges when utilizing ETR. Students have also used ETR to learn English as a second or third language. ETR is a positive and encouraging system that promotes success and builds strong self-confidence in the learner.
9. Expressways To Learning® has conducted follow up on former students which demonstrated that these students continued to make remarkable academic gains after acquiring basic skills through ETR. Many who had never succeeded academically began to excel in all areas, often attaining academic honors even at the university level.
This is an immense multimedia, multisensory system. There are over 340 lessons with 28 different programs, all integrated and sequential. A specific lesson may have as many as 25 programs from which to select. Such an extensive system makes it possible to customize very precisely for the individual student. The Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing technique (AVIP) used in Expressways teaches reading at the neurological level. Some of the programs have music composed by Dr. Hoes as a part of the teaching process since this has been found to enhance learning. His music is used to meter many of the exercises, developing a rhythm and flow in reading.
All of the thousands of words used in the Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing programs are defined and used in sentences, as well as illustrated with pictures or Photographs. Most are sound-blended as well. This promotes understanding for non-English speaking students as well as improving comprehension for all learners. Customizing for individual needs is easy and quick. Options provide ten variable speeds for both the auditory and visual programs, which regulate the tempo of the lesson, as well as pauses for verbal responses. There is immediate feedback on errors with opportunity for correction and review. Sound-blending, definitions, or sentence clarification can be heard or eliminated according to student need. Any particular auditory or visual program can be quickly accessed out of the normal lesson sequence. For example: A non-English speaking student may profit from doing the Listen-Write meanings from previous lessons before continuing. Someone needing extra practice in reading fluency can access Word-Flow-Read from several lessons as a drill. The computer records all of the options chosen by a student. The next time that student’s lesson is accessed, the last settings are automatically chosen and ready for use. The computer records all of the scores and the time spent on each program. The record-keeping and scoring are recorded automatically on each student’s individual flash-drive or folder. If the computers are networked, the student’s record will be in a shared folder in the network server. Student scores may be viewed for the current day as well as all previous days. There is also a student management program for the teacher, which is extremely flexible and detailed. The records can be printed. There are options for choosing accumulated points for specific programs and totals for all programs according to any time allotment the teacher chooses, whether by the day, week, month, six weeks, semester, or any desired period. It is estimated that the 330 lessons comprise about 97% of the workings of the English language. That means that only about 3% needs to be learned by memory through experience.
Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing (A-VIP) in
Expressways To Reading® & Expressways To Math®
Auditory-Visual Impression Pairing (A-VIP) is developed and emphasized in these unique reading and math systems. A-VIP restructures the brain’s circuits to implant memory so that all learning involving sequencing is strengthened and made permanent by the laws inherent in neuroscience. Memory banks may be packed with trivia. Only when the factors of intelligent comprehension are in place does logical sequencing and integration occur. The practical systems of communication are sounds for speaking and symbols for writing or calculating. By uniting these in a pair with each item for integration and logical thinking makes systematic implementation available. The brain processes everything through the senses and stores information for later use. Intense rehearsal by means of the A-VIP process helps to automatically establish it into long-term memory.
A-VIP directly addresses the brain’s utility, function, and capacity to process incoming/outgoing information for the management of everything in the body and its environment. Learning is the recognition, the accumulation and the capacity for applying the knowledge that is constantly presented to learners of any age. There is no effect too complex for the brain’s management system. Its only limitation is the perception capacity of the organism to which it is attached.
The modes of learning have been unnecessarily complicated by those who expected to educate the masses. Every person is born with a capacity to learn. It is as natural as breathing and directly dependent on the oxygen intake of the individual. Food and exercise, likewise, affect learning. In a healthy environment, healthy learning is heightened. Where encouragement, appreciation and agreement are present, learning can accelerate at its optimum rate. The converse is also true. The belief structure is another important factor, because what is expected is likely to be attained.
Expressways To Learning® utilizes learning methods that involve quick assimilation of knowledge as well as ways of expressing what is important for intelligent communication.