English Learners & Bilingual Students

Individual diagnostic data creates unique instructional paths for students in EL, ELD, ELL, ESL & bilingual programs for accelerated language acquisition.

LGL targets unique English learner needs with data-driven diagnostic assessments and reporting.

Recent NCES data indicates that English Learners (ELs) make up nearly 10% of the student population across US public schools. This percentage continues to grow, as do the equity issues. Data from standardized tests reflects a profound gap between the reading and math scores of ELs as compared to non-ELs. Key to a solution is supporting the acceleration of English language acquisition at all grade levels so that students can focus on mastering academic skills while they learn English.  Research shows that targeted language instruction and time on task can drastically improve EL student learning outcomes.

Let’s Go Learn’s English language programs provide targeted language instruction through our diagnostic assessments. Students take DORA, our English language assessment, and our AI system analyzes the data and creates a personalized learning path. Each language learning path is made up of many skills: comprehension strategies, vocabulary, sight-word recognition, phonics, spelling, phonemic awareness, and grammar study. Within each of these areas, our AI system finds the ideal starting point for targeted language instruction. Our assessments don’t define these points by grade level but by strengths and gaps in English skills.  Our diagnostic assessments and targeted instruction support English language proficiency for all K-12 students.

After students take the diagnostic assessment, every classroom teacher receives real-time narratives and data reporting to share with administrators, parents, or students.  Reports are easy-to-understand with grade-level scores and simple narratives. Some reports are designed for the special education teacher who needs to write student IEPs faster and with greater accuracy.  In addition, DORA can find present levels and determine weekly, monthly, or quarterly student goals.  When used with formative assessments, progress monitoring becomes automatic.  All data rolls up into a unified, vertically scaled grade-level score dataset.

Note: Our English language curriculum is designed for programs that include English Learner (EL), English Language Development (ELD), English Language Learner (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) and for bilingual education programs.

For Spanish-speaking English learners, educators can use DORA Spanish EDELL diagnostic, which compares each student’s first language Spanish skills to developing English language reading skills, effectively removing vocabulary biases that often lead to a misdiagnosis of student comprehension skills.

Available in Spanish and English, Let’s Go Learn monitors students as they make progress in both languages.
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With LGL, English learners receive the right instruction at the right time.

Whether a student is in an EL, ELL, ELD, ESL, or bilingual program, LGL’s AI system places them in an ELA Edge program at the appropriate level of English language instruction from the beginning level to the advanced level. Core curriculum includes key components of language acquisition to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Special instruction includes high-frequency words, phonemic awareness, phonics, oral reading fluency, spelling, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension strategies, as well as literary vocabulary and grammar study to support academic writing skills in all educational settings.

Lessons have been carefully curated to help all school-age students who need effective English language skills. This includes Response to Intervention (RTI) programs, programs for students with disabilities, English Learners (ELs), and students with diverse learning styles.

Every lesson provides explicit instruction and practice that is in a student’s ZPD and cognitively accessible through animations, songs, graphics, gamification, and interactivity. Students are engaged with properly leveled content that reinforces newly mastered critical skills and concepts during gamified instructional practice. Strategies can be integrated also into a classroom setting.

Practices deepen conceptual understanding and critical thinking and can be used for independent practice, small group instruction, or extra practice for whole-class teaching. As school-age students work through explicit instructional lessons specially designed to be at the perfect level, our responsive platform employs immediate corrective feedback. If an answer is incorrect, a learner learns why and can then continue to practice until mastery is reached.

These personalized learning paths support equitable education for ELs and bilingual students. To ensure that all students attain English language proficiency and meet academic goals, we also provide tracking and progress monitoring with formative assessments and real-time reporting.

Available in Spanish and English, Let’s Go Learn monitors students as they make progress in both languages.

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Key Benefits for English Language Learners

Common Questions

How does LGL work with English Learners and bilingual students who need accommodations?

Given the nature of Let’s Go Learn assessments, test accommodations will tend to have more flexibility based on the discretion of the resource teacher or the district policy. DORA, ADAM, and DOMA are diagnostic assessments, meaning that their data is generally not used for high-stakes accountability. As a result, if the student’s accommodation calls for the allowance of a calculator during a math assessment, Let’s Go Learn permits this accommodation to be made and does not have any strict policy against a teacher or administrator making this decision. Scores are not rolled up into a normalizing algorithm, which in the case of a high-stakes assessment might restrict scores with accommodations from being used.

Does LGL's English learner instruction include conversation topics?

Our lessons include characters and story animations that can be used for common conversations, and our academic content lessons are perfect for increasing speaking and listening focused on academic English conversations.

Can adult education classes use LGL's English learner instructional tools?

Adult Ed providers can integrate LGL instructional tools into ESL and ABE classes.  Learners start at their own level and rapidly move up through step-by-step, high interest lessons. Instructors track progress through detailed web-based reports. LGL tools help learners achieve breakthroughs to qualify for High School equivalency (HSE) and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Does LGL offer professional development in English learner and bilingual education strategies?

Our professional development experts offer strategies for differentiating instruction for English learners, customized to focus on the best strategies for specific populations, including program designed for special purposes, for specific levels, for language-related needs of students with disabilities, or for specific home languages. For bilingual programs, professional development might include building cultural fluency or bridging language and content.

What type of practice tests are included with LGL's English learner curriculum?

LGL provides standards-based progress monitoring with formative assessments that are vertically scaled into the original dataset of a student's diagnostic assessment administered prior to placement in personalized instructional path.

What ESL levels does LGL content cover?

LGL ELA offers six different levels from beginning to advanced. Our six rigorous online levels take students from low beginner to advanced ESL standards using a self paced and individualized approach. Each level requires 20-30 hours to complete, allowing students to rapidly progress with enough time on task. Levels are comprised of hundreds of bite-sized lessons that can each be completed in 10-20 minutes. These engaging lessons are packed with songs, video, and games to drive motivation and learning and rapidly improve each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  • Level 1: Beginning Literacy
  • Level 2: Low Beginning
  • Level 3: High Beginning
  • Level 4: Low Intermediate
  • Level 5: High Intermediate
  • Level 6: Advanced

Do LGL's proficiency levels align with common ESL/EL levels for adults and youth?

Yes. View the table to see the alignments.

Why does LGL focus on acquisition skills AND academic skills?

The magic of LGL's online English language solution is our ability to deliver a rigorous standards-based curriculum that is fun and engaging and that teaches academic English that will prepare students for college and career. Our focus on academic English has helped students around the United States do well in middle and high school, earn their high school diplomas, pass the GED and HiSET exams, and pass language assessments such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Will LGL's English language courses benefit my students who are new arrivals as well as students from migrant families with unfinished learning and students who are currently enrolled in our EL programs?

Let’s Go Learn’s English language programs provide targeted language instruction through our diagnostic assessments. Students take DORA, our English language assessment, and our AI system analyzes the data and creates a personalized learning path. Each language learning path is made up of many skills: comprehension strategies, vocabulary, sight-word recognition, phonics, spelling, phonemic awareness, and grammar study. Within each of these areas, our AI system finds the ideal starting point for targeted language instruction. Our assessments don’t define these points by grade level but by strengths and gaps in English skills. Our diagnostic assessments and targeted instruction support English language proficiency for all K-12 students.
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