Testimonials

Teacher and student endorsements

  • I think the money we spent on the programme was more than worth it because of the gains the children have made, but also adding a fresh element to teaching reading skills. It was fun to teach in a different way and the children were excited about what they were doing.Rebekah, Teacher
  • I thought that AVAILLL was very educational and enjoyable. It was a programme you could really get stuck into and I think it would also help people who have trouble reading. The activities were really fun, some were quite challenging and hard to get into but they made you think.Student
  • Kids are all on time for class – amazing!!
    Kids are all ready to work – amazing!!
    Kids are always asking what we are going to do today – amazing!!
    Every kid is working hard – amazing!!
    Papanui High School
  • AVAILLL made me want to put the subtitles on when I am watching a movie at home. It was good to know I could use my imagination when the movie was off and we just listened. I really used my imagination to think of pictures in my head.Student
“At the beginning of the year Tim gained a stanine of one on the STAR test administered to all year 9 students. Running records revealed that Tim had a reading age of 7 – 8 years. In term three the Availll programme was used with the students in Tim’s class. On completion of the component using the DVD Holes a number of the students asked if they could take home a copy of the book. This was the first real success as this is a supported learning class of reluctant readers. Tim asked if he too could take home the book. At first I was reluctant to let him do so in view of the disparity in his reading ability. After some nagging from him I gave in and let him take it.

Towards the end of the term, with a large number of students absent, I was working with a group of six, including Tim, using the activity from chapter 5, Holes. Tim asked if he could read out loud. Again I was reluctant to let him do so fearing embarrassment for him. Again I succumbed to his pleas and to my absolute surprise Tim read with expression and fluency and needed help with only two words. The students have loved the programme and behaviour issues have become a thing of the past. For me it was new, very well prepared and a pleasure to operate.”Ashley, Teacher


“I think the money we spent on the programme was more than worth it because of the gains the children have made, but also adding a fresh element to teaching reading skills. It was fun to teach in a different way and the children were excited about what they were doing.”Rebekah, Teacher

“As a teacher of a class containing a range of reading levels I was most impressed with the AVAILLL reading programme. I felt this programme catered for a range of abilities and my students felt important by completing the wide variety of tasks relating to the scenes watched. The children in my class enjoyed the watching/reading DVD’s- it helped that the movies were so “kid-friendly”. My reluctant readers gained confidence as they could easily achieve set tasks and hearing the narrator alongside reading the subtitles helped with their fluency. The group activities meant that children were never isolated- they had the security of the group to help them. I thought the mixture of watching and reading missed-out chapters required the students to use their imaginations. The dictionary skills activity is one I still implement in class today. Thanks for creating a unique and creative programme enjoyed by both students and teachers.”Dana Turnbull, Deputy Principal, East Gore School (Year 6 class of 25 students)

“I thought I would give you an update on how we are going. I am well under way and about to start the second DVD. The kids are working hard and seem to be enjoying it. I am really delighted with the change in the kids. Even if the research results show little upward movement, the differences in the kids are worth their weight in gold!! The main differences are as follows:

Kids are all on time for class – amazing!!
Kids are all ready to work – amazing!!
Kids are always asking what we are going to do today – amazing!!
Every kid is working hard – amazing!!

One of the most disruptive and difficult kids in all of Year 10 said “This is awesome Miss.” He was also heard in the playground, telling another disruptive kid; ” We’re doing really awesome stuff in English man!” This is unbelievable!!!

Regardless of improvements in Reading levels, I will definitely use this next year. The positive attitudes to Reading it has engendered and the growing confidence in the kids, has already made it very worthwhile for me and my classes. The kids now see Reading as a real treat, after all where else do they get to watch cool movies?!! They are also more than happy to complete the activities, which they also see as fun!

It may take a little longer than we thought as we only have year 9 for 4 periods per week. Should be finished by end week 8 I hope. Thanks for this great opportunity.”Papanui High School


“The students completed Series of Unfortunate Events and loved the concept. They were engaged and quiet. The first time stopping the movie of course they wanted to just keep playing it, but they soon came to class each day eager to do the next activity. They commented how much they were reading while it was playing. It worked well with the range of ability I have in the room as well. We did some of the other activities too, using the Africa video for imagery, and read and see it. I could not believe how much information they had retained, especially my lower level readers. We are on break right now, but am planning to begin another one after. Thank you.”Hayley Snowden, Griffiths Scott Middle School
“I think the AVAILLL programme has helped me understand books a lot more. I have started reading a lot bigger and more challenging books than what I had been because I understand them more…Not only have I improved lots of people have. It is really good because it is fun and you don’t realise you’re improving your reading. I also think it is good because children are included and get to help with the video and reading things aloud to the class.”

“There is one thing I think that it (AVAILLL) has helped me and that is my imagination. I have been able to picture a lot more things than I used to.”

“I think AVAILLL has helped my ability to figure out words that I don’t know and it improved my comprehension and listening. The AVAILLL programme has helped me focus on reading in a fun way and while you are reading you are improving your punctuation too, because you read sentences with punctuation. I really liked the AVAILLL programme and I hope I can do it again.”

“I learned that subtitles weren’t as annoying as I thought they were.”

“AVAILLL made me want to put the subtitles on when I am watching a movie at home. It was good to know I could use my imagination when the movie was off and we just listened. I really used my imagination to think of pictures in my head.”

“I am already reading faster… It has helped me read fluently.”

“It was fun but also distracting which was not good. It was full of surprises and was very fun. On the other hand it was a task that needed patience, and honestly which was not easy for some. It was good to know what the task was doing to our education (referring to the purpose of each activity) Not just knowing it was for our reading fluency and comprehension, but for our imagination and other things. It was a good experience to go through.”

“I think that the AVAILLL program is a very great way to get kids into reading so they enjoy it. It would be every kids dream to be able to watch a movie while helping improve their reading.”

“I thought that AVAILLL was very educational and enjoyable. It was a programme you could really get stuck into and I think it would also help people who have trouble reading. The activities were really fun, some were quite challenging and hard to get into but they made you think.”

“I think AVAILLL is a fun way of learning because you get to watch a movie. I think AVAILLL really helped me understand more words and focus on reading and you don’t even realise you have been reading.”

“I would recommend it to anyone and it has helped me focus on the subtitles. It helped me to use my brain and look for the chosen words.”

“Being the personal assistant was fun.”

“I know that it is a privilege to be part of it all.”

“I thought the AVAILLL programme was fun but some of the lessons were harder than others, for example – Next word hunt. I forgot to write down the words!”

“Reading the subtitles has improved my reading. It’s been fun to learn to read while watching a movie. It has also helped with my spelling.”

What students say
about using AVAILLL


“It was fun, interesting and the movies were good when we did word hunts.”

“I found it very different and unusual but I really enjoyed it. It was fun to do something a little bit different for a change.”

“I thought it was great as it had lots of fun activities in it.”

“It was cool and I improved on my reading.”

“It was good. I got to watch the movies. I read at the same time without knowing.”

“It was great with the subtitles and I really enjoyed the movies plus the class activities we watched.”

“A good way of getting people to read. It was a fun way of learning to read while feeling emotions about the movie at the same time.”

“I do think my reading is improving lots”

“I have noticed differences in my reading”

“Yes, it helps heaps and it makes me more confident.”

“The activity helped me read.”

“Yes I can read better now.”

“I am more open with my reading.”

“It helped me understand many more words.”

“I learned to read faster instead of stopping all the time when there were no full stops.”

“I have gotten better as reading is easier for me.”

“I can read quicker than I used to.”

“Yes I have more confidence.”

“I can read way faster and fluent reading is just easy now.“

“I can read more fluently now.

“Yes I know more words and I am more fluent.”

“I’m a better reader and I’m better with my full stops.”

“Yes because I don’t read like a robot.”

“I now I write down words and understand what they mean.”

“Yes because I was really concentrating and learning what different words meant.”

“I’ve learned that I have to read a lot more and to go over words carefully because most words have more than one meaning.”

“Yes because looking at the words for ages helps you understand and read more difficult words.”

“I think it has helped as I now feel more confident with reading and a bit of spelling and it is a fun way of doing things.”

“I was a bit bad at spelling and AVAILLL got me going and I feel very good about this.”

“Yes, some words I wasn’t able to sound out properly but now I can.”

“Yes I think I have improved my reading because I learned how some words are pronounced and their definitions.”

“I can read bigger words and pronounce them very well.”

“I’ve learned new words and know how to pronounce them.”