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Louisa Moats, EdD
According to the Carnegie Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy (2010), the educational system has been able to improve instruction in reading and writing skills of younger students in grades K-3, but has not been able to help adolescent students keep up with the accelerating demands of the global knowledge economy. While the problem is complex, we do know how to improve the low literacy skills of adolescent poor readers, and need to do so if the intent of the Common Core State Standards is to be realized. Solutions require age-appropriate, effective, research-based instruction. This paper introduces the program LANGUAGE! Live. After we describe the extent and the nature of the problems of adolescents who struggle with reading, we discuss the content and instructional strategies for this population that are supported by current, scientific research. We then describe the product and its components. We conclude the paper with a discussion of computer-assisted instruction and its benefits for adolescent students. The aim of this paper is not to provide instructions on how to use LANGUAGE! Live but rather to provide the research and rationale behind the product.