Our one-to-one reading program uses a proven “back to the basics” method developed by Cliff Ponder, founder of the elite Academic Associates® Reading Course. Over 230 centers and schools have practiced this methodology in many countries around the world and across the United States. Students who go through our program typically gain two reading grade levels in just 30 hours.
Students are gently led through a series of easy steps. Using the right phonics approach, students will read correctly and efficiently. As they read, they are taught simple, effective techniques for understanding what they read. Reading becomes a logical and uncomplicated process. If this sounds simple, it is!
*Students generally receive instruction at least twice a week for one hour per session.
Students in our program
read, grow, and succeed!
In lesson one, nearly every student, even those with severe learning disabilities, will read at least 300 words. By lesson 13, most fifth-graders through adults read and spell college-level words, and comprehend material written in their own grade-level or higher.
Our philosophy is simple: Teach at a pace where the student can understand and master each level before moving on to the next. This way, students can succeed and feel successful and be motivated to learn more, attaining even more mastery…and more success!
Every student can learn to read!
Reading is not a simple process, but learning to read is now a simple process. We have taught thousands of students in over 200 learning centers, clinics and schools in the United States and several countries around the world.
The Academic Associates® Reading Course is the most advanced reading instruction methodology ever developed, but it is not complicated. It’s true—everyone can learn to read.
But millions of eager, intelligent, creative people never learn to read. The reason is simple.
They can’t read words, so they can’t read! Period. End of story!
Learning to read absolutely must start with Step One—learning to read words. Yet that is the area of greatest weakness among poor readers. They can’t read the words, so they can’t read! Period. End of story.
How reading works
In written English, letters are codes that stand for sounds. Say the sounds of the letters or combinations of letters of a word in order, and the word is decoded and easily pronounced. Some letters and combinations make more than one sound, and students can easily master them after learning a few rules. Reading then becomes a pleasant, logical, uncomplicated process. Unfortunately, those rules are almost never taught.
The first real protocol
The Academic Associates® method is taught in small, easy, sequential steps. It is the first method to actually provide a specific step-by-step protocol for teaching students to read. As teachers introduce each tiny step, students respond and automatically begin to read. They can’t help it! And because they are being taught to process reading in the correct part of the brain—and that’s crucially important—all the other skills necessary for reading develop in an orderly manner, and students soon read and comprehend at their appropriate level and often much higher.
By lesson 13, most fifth-graders through adults read and spell college-level words, and comprehend material written on their own grade level or higher.
Students learn fast
Reading is the foundation for all areas of academia. The objective of most first grade reading courses is for students to learn to read (or memorize) from 200 to 600 words by the end of the year. Sadly, many of them can’t even read 100 words. In our very first lesson, which is often completed in an hour or two, every student will read 300 words, and are soon empowered to read thousands more. Our method is designed to cooperate with the whole brain by streamlining and accelerating the process of learning to read.
We’ve taught students from four years of age to 72, and they all learned to read. Although they typically began as the poorest readers in their schools—some with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, autism, Aspergers syndrome, stroke, developmental delay, fetal drug and alcohol syndrome, Savant syndrome, Tourette syndrome, auditory processing deficit, etc.—we taught them all to read.
If students can speak reasonably well, they can learn to read. Even learning disabled students are helped to the upper limits of their capacity. School classrooms that use our methodology are reporting progress that until now was considered unattainable. In many of these classrooms every student is reading at the appropriate level. The word breakthrough is widely overused these days, but would you call this a breakthrough? Many parents and teachers do.
Boys learn as well as girls
Males have traditionally had more trouble with reading than females have, although females, too, are handicapped by today’s predominant method of teaching reading. But boys and men learn as quickly and as well as females with the Academic Associates® Reading Course. There is no significant male/female difference. Most finish the course within 30 to 60 hours or less, and experience dramatic results. Very young children and those with more severe learning disabilities will require more time. In a classroom of beginning first-graders, only 20-30 minutes a day is adequate.
A secure, positive atmosphere
Students in our centers are taught individually or in small classes by patient, caring Reading Instruction Specialists, and are never embarrassed or blamed for their reading difficulties. Old barriers and limitations crumble, and self-confidence and self-esteem escalate rapidly as their abilities increase. Sometimes this begins during the very first lesson. The Academic Associates® Reading Course works consistently, even when other methods have failed.
But the course is not just for students who are experiencing difficulty. Those who already excel will receive a welcome boost toward even greater success. Many of these students gain several additional grade levels in reading ability.
Start Your Own Center
We train teachers to use our method in their school classrooms. If you are a classroom teacher or administrator who would like to raise the grade level of all the students in your classroom or of your entire school, click on the section to your upper left entitled AA in Schools.
Academic Associates® also trains teachers and entrepreneurs who desire to start their own home-based or commercially-based businesses. See our section entitled Your Own Center.
…learned to read in 4 hours and was able to read 100 words. Her confidence is soaring.
“He needs to read at his grade level.”
…no longer needed to be pulled out for reading in school, became an honor roll student each quarter, graduated program at 10-11th grade reading level in 5 months, went from being towards the bottom of his class to being towards the top of his entire 6th grade class on standardized test scores
“I want him to be ready for kindergarten. I don’t want him to struggle.”
…learned to read after only 3 short hours- before kindergarten
Her mother brought her so she could do better at reading and spelling.
…tested at grade 6 reading level- a gain of 4.5 years after 48 hours. She has been on the honor roll at school.
“She’s fine reading, but when she needs help, I can’t teach her very well because I grew up speaking a different language.”
…began reading at a 5th grade reading level after only 30 hours!!