Reading Horizons (has made a) positive impact ... on my personal development and the professionalism in our entire reading program. (It) has helped re-energize our entire area, because it has given us a vital tool to help students we didn’t have the time or resources to help before. Reading Horizons can also supply the long hours of personal tutoring that many of our students need to become grounded in the basics.
Many of our ESL students come to us with skills at the second- and third-grade level and to bring them up to speed in a short period of time is a daunting task. They need lots of personal instruction and the tutoring time that a program like Reading Horizons can give them.
We worked with (a student from Africa) and kept encouraging him, and eventually he started to pick up the sounds. The Reading Horizons program has the patience and persistence that would wear out a small army of teachers.
At first, Zhentao (a student from China) was insulted that he was in the Reading Horizons class, because he felt it was too basic. I had to explain why I felt it would benefit him to complete the course. However, once he got started, he completed the class in about three weeks, or 24 class hours, and passed the TABE test shortly afterward. I think it helped him fill in a few of the gaps he had in his English.
Past failures (are) a key to some of their self-esteem issues. I'm confident that as a teaching professional, I can say , ... "If you hang in there and make it through this program, I guarantee it will change your reading skills forever, for the better." ... Can we offer them the hope they need to make a change for the better? We think so.
Reading Horizons has also had a big impact on me and the rest of my colleagues as teaching professionals. We are more confident and (are) better equipped to help students. We have also been impressed with the genius and simplicity of the program's ability to deliver precise phonics instruction in a systematic way. We know our phonics and know (their) importance in reading, but we didn't know where to begin teaching (them), and Reading Horizons greatly simplifies the entire process for both student and instructor.
Our reading department is really impressed with the Reading Horizons program. It has been a perfect fit for our Job Corps center and students, and I'm sure it can make a big difference in the student reading development of any school.