Sometimes when it comes to English Language Learner education, we talk broadly about population shifts and graduation statistics. Instead, let’s go ground level. Here are the top 10 ways Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite solutions help ELL students in their classroom every day.
#10 – Professional development for non-ELL teachers
Very few ELL students find themselves in ELL-only classes. They tend to be “mainstreamed” into at least a few core subject classes with their English-speaking classmates. Those teachers need to be familiar with ELL education, but it helps to be able to have at least a passing understanding of an ELL student’s primary language.
#9 – Engagement with technology
Just like native English speakers, ELL students are from the technology generation and find themselves more engaged in learning when they are using a device. Our research shows that usage of language-learning curricula greatly increases when it is provided via technology.
#8 – More parental involvement
For reasons both economic and cultural, engaging with parents of ELLs can present challenges. Not only can Rosetta Stone solutions help teachers communicate more effectively (see #10), but the reporting features can give a graphical representation of progress that is more easily understood.
#7 – Maximize resources
Budgets have still not rebounded from their pre-recession highs. Every dollar needs to be maximized and that’s particularly true in perennially underfunded ELL education. Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite solutions don’t replace teachers, but they certainly help teachers maximize class time.
#6 – Oral language practice without needing another person
The Language Learning Suite offers opportunities for students to practice their oral language skills without needing another person in the room—again, maximizing available resources.
#5 – Ability to use primary language in core subject area classes
As a dovetail to #10, when ELL students have at least a base understanding in English, they are much more effective in their core classes.
#4 – Adaptability from an ability-centered approach
Language Learning Suite solutions are adaptive and enable students to work at their own pace by providing an ability-centered approach. What can the student do and how can we expand those skills, rather than just giving them a list of skills from a rote curriculum?
#3 – Ability to practice anytime, anywhere
Always-on capability is especially important for ELLs, who may have additional responsibilities outside the classroom that require flexible homework time.
#2 – Preparation for the Common Core
The Common Core and the other next-gen standards call for a student to be able to interact with knowledge in deeper, more complex ways—especially in English/language arts. Rosetta Stone solutions also call for critical thinking and problem solving. It’s far from rote memorization.
#1 – Preparation for next-gen assessments
The assessments designed for the new standards tend to be computer-based and more interactive than paper-based tests. Although ELL students have grown up around technology, they still need practice in following directions and interacting with software. Rosetta Stone solutions feature many learning tasks that work similarly to those found on the new tests.
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