Empowering Teachers of English as an Additional Language
Thanks to advances in speech recognition technology and by making use of cognitive neuroscience, you can now accelerate your students' acquisition of the fundamental skills for developing Academic English. Even teach more students at the same time.
Personalised learning - your students can hear it, read it, speak it, get real-time correction and even listen to what she or he just read.
Powerful feedback tools for students and their parents.
What’s more you can read a summary report of the class homework, analyse the metrics and listen to the recordings of any of the students.
Decades of using the increased understanding of brain plasticity to help 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.
Lots of intensive trials focussed on building an English language brain – fast.
Rapidly build new phonemic awareness skills, acquire vocabulary and grammar. Then practice speaking English by reading aloud with coaching.
Why do English Language Learner Students Struggle to Read Aloud Fluently?
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.
Their brains actually need practice and training to recognise the phonemes of the English language –especially ones that sound similar (like “ba” and “da”) - when spoken by native English speakers.
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 by using technology to help the learner’s brain become more attuned to discriminating the phonemes with visual cues and subsequently help with 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 and be able to report on it?
Step 1: Prepare the Brain - Fast & Enduring
Sounds of the world’s languages differ greatly. 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).
By 6 months old your students' brains are already "wired" to sounds of the language spoken in the home.
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 intensively listen to various phonemes 1,000s of times for maximum brain adaptation. Our software has decades of ground breaking learning research built in with the intensive 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 than be completed by other interventions or even teacher-directed work in the same time. 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 natural development processes activated.
Step 3: Read English Aloud, with Support and Timely Feedback
“Every reading student deserves an attentive helpful listener”. But how can a teacher listen to every student at the same time and give each timely corrective feedback?
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. Students can practice and the software never gives frustrated feedback.
The Build English Fast software 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
Find out how to include Build English Fast in your curriculum.
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