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An unexpected breakthrough for rapid reading improvement: AVAILLL uses movies so students read it, see it and get it

Faye Parkhill and Jilaine Johnson

Audio Visual Achievement in Literacy, Language and Learning (AVAILLL), an innovative reading programme that supplements normal classroom literacy programmes, has proved to be extremely effective in classrooms within selected schools in Christchurch. Surprisingly, the AVAILLL programme uses popular movies to engage students with quality literature. Struggling readers from both the United States and New Zealand produce similar dramatic gains in this reading programme in just six weeks. Hollywood movies, often considered a threat to reading, have proved to be a profound ally.

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