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Students in French immersion, dual-track, and English programs who are challenged by the acquisition of early reading skills will benefit from the WISE READING® Remediation Program, which helps students increase their decoding skills and phonological awareness. Lack of phonemic awareness is the most powerful determinant of the likelihood of failure to read (Adams, 1990). Early-reading acquisition research proves that phonological awareness is critical for teaching students in kindergarten through Grade 2 how to read successfully (Wise & Chen 2009, 2010, and 2015). Initial problems in reading usually do not disappear without intensive intervention and individualized tutoring. Early monitoring and support for these students is critical if they are to progress with their age peers.

The WISE READING® Remediation Program, based on the doctoral research of Nancy Wise, delivers phonological and phonemic awareness for struggling French immersion readers. The 18 hours of multisensory instruction are delivered in English, to ensure reading intervention at the earliest possible opportunity, as soon as at-risk readers are identified and while they are developing proficiency in French.

Students work with trained Evoke instructors in a 60-minute, one-to-one format. The program is delivered over six consecutive weeks. To ensure adherence to the science of the program, students meet with their instructor three times per week. Prior to the commencement of the program, and at the end of the 18 hours, students will undergo a reading assessment aimed at identifying gaps in their pre-reading skills and providing the instructor, student, and family with a record of student improvement.

Dr. Wise has successfully tested the program with French immersion learners since 2008. These immersion studies clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of the remediation program to facilitate reading acquisition in both French and English, and reading gains have also been shown to last well beyond the completion of the program.

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