Multimodal lessons are effective for all students, especially linguistically and culturally diverse students, because they connect all four language domains: reading, writing, speaking and listening – and provide many pathways to access meaningful learning.
Many English Learners are not acquiring the level of academic language needed for college and career readiness. Are we underestimating the impact that ongoing work with oral academic language can have?
Research drove the development of the Lexile® Framework for Listening. Components of the Framework include: listening assessments that result in Lexile measures for students; audio analysis that results in Lexile measures for audio materials; and the placement of both student ability and audio material onto the Lexile scale.
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Sanger’s district wide adoption of Listenwise is a roadmap for any district with a large EL population, especially if they are struggling with low listening scores on standardized tests. As many educators have found, concentrating on building listening skills through teaching with podcasts helps with engagement, skill building, and listening assessment preparation for English learners and all students.