Academic Associates

Every student can learn to read

Wendy E. Dow

Certified Reading Instruction Specialist, Director

San Luis Obispo County Learning Center

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Becoming an Excellent Reader Is a Simple Process

It is not complicated

In written English, letters stand for sounds. Say the sounds of the letters in a word in order, and reading occurs naturally and automatically. Sixteen letters almost always make the same sound. They are easily learned.

So only 10 letters normally make more than 1 sound. Even first graders can easily learn a few sounds for 10 letters, plus a few rules governing them.

Academic Associates focuses on those few sounds. After students learn to sound out and pronounce words, they are taught simple, effective techniques for understanding what they read. Reading becomes a logical, uncomplicated process. If this sounds simple, it's because it really is.

Students of all ages learn fast

Students are gently led through a series of easy steps. As they respond, they begin to read. It's so easy they often don't even realize they're reading at first. In lesson one, nearly every student, even those with severe learning disabilities, will read at least 300 words.

  1. Some Success Stories

  2. Tania was a 7th grader who raised her reading        ability from 3rd grade level to 10th grade in our course.

  3. Another 7th grader, raised her level from 3rd grade to 11th grade.

  4. Chris, an 8th grader, rose from 7th grade to college level.

  5. Jacquie, a 6th grader, went from 3rd grade level to 8th, then, in the following year, advanced to 11th grade on her own.

  6. Victoria failed 1st grade in May, but by September she was reading at 4th grade level.

  7. Pat's highest grade as a high school freshmen was a D, but he made the honor roll his entire sophomore year. His lowest grade for the entire school year was a B!

  8. Melissa, a college graduate, had always struggled with reading for comprehension. After taking our course she was accepted as 5 law schools!

The lives of these students were changed forever.

These are not exceptions; they are typical of our students. Teaching them was so easy that you will only believe it when you see it yourself. No other reading instruction method even comes close to achieving this level of success.

Read more on our Hall of Fame

Ask an Expert?

What did Scientific American recommend as the best way to teach reading.

In the November, 1996 issue, Scientific American reported the results of a 20-year, multi-million-dollar study on teaching reading to dyslexic students.

It concluded that the way Academic Associates teaches is the very best method. (That didn't surprise us at all.)

We've taught hundreds of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Our way is also the most effective for teaching those without learning disabilities.

If children or adults in your family need to read better, don't waste another day. Call Academic Associates now.

There is no better way to learn to read.

--Cliff Ponder

President & Founder

Academic Associates Learning Centers®

How the process works

  1. A Video from Our Founder (This short video explains the program in Cliff's own words.)