Empowering Teachers of English as an Additional Language
Thanks to advances in cognitive neuroscience and technology, you can now accelerate your students' acquisition of the
fundamental skills for developing Academic English.
Our increased understanding of brain plasticity and decades of helping improve auditory processing for native English speakers has led to a
unique way of training brains to recognise, discriminate and manipulate the sounds of the English language.
Students with a more developed “English brain” absorb your English instruction more effectively. This means better outcomes from your teaching expertise.
Students with limited or no English speaking proficiency need more than just instruction in recognising and distinguishing the sounds of English, as compared or contrasted with sounds in their native language.
They actually need their brains rewired to recognise the 44 phonemes of the English language. Hence the power of incorporating our understanding of brain plasticity with your English language instruction.
To incorporate the benefits of brain plasticity, instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in oral language knowledge, skills, and abilities must be explicit, intensive, and extensive.
Your efforts as the teacher are leveraged more as the learner’s brain becomes more attuned to discriminating the phonemes with the visual cues and subsequently speaking English fluently.
Oral proficiency in English (including oral vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension) is critical for ELLs to develop proficiency in text-level English reading comprehension.
3 Steps to Fast English Language Learner Results
As you know, after your instruction, proficiency builds when students practice the “right” way often.
How do you give every student intensive practice with timely feedback ?
Step 1: Prepare the Brain - Fast & Enduring
Sounds of the world’s languages differ greatly. By 6 months old, your students’ brains are already wired to sounds of a language other than English. There are 44 phonemes in English whilst Spanish has 21. Mandarin Chinese is a monosyllabic, tonal language and non-alphabetical (it does not have a symbol-sound correspondence).
Regardless of the students' language background, our software based exercises uniquely "build” an English language learning brain and the research shows this is done fast and is enduring. With brains “wired” for the phonemes of English, listening comprehension and all language development happens faster and easier. This helps you be more effective as you instruct the foundational English skills required for all literacy.
Step 2: Practice English Skills - Intensively
Neuroscientists understand that your students need to complete 1,000s of trials intensively for maximum brain adaptation. Our software has decades of ground breaking neuroscience learning research built with the practice and timely rewards camouflaged in a series of self-adapting games.
Students practice, in a variety of ways, the grammar, academic vocabulary and listening comprehension skills needed for fast English language improvement – more practice can be completed than is achieved by other interventions or even teacher-directed work. Our exercises continually adapt to each student to keep them motivated. And they ensure the challenge level is just enough to keep the brain's development processes activated.
Step 3: Read English Aloud, with Support and Timely Feedback
“Every reading student deserves an attentive helpful listener”. Students need to apply their newly learned language fundamentals and practice reading texts aloud. Your students get non-judgemental support from the only software that uses advanced speech recognition technology to “listen” to their English pronunciation, decoding, etc., offering unemotional corrective feedback just when they need it.
It includes over 300 non-fiction and fictional reading selections across genres with embedded vocabulary support and comprehension quizzes.
Your time is freed up to both acknowledge improvements and give intensive correction as applicable while other students are practicing. The students can also practice at home, continuing your service engagement but reducing the load on your space and technology resources.
English Language Development Skills Addressed by the
Build English Fast Program
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Useful Links for Teaching English Language Learners