Post-Secondary ESL Reading Program
ESL ReadingSmart provides university-bound students who are enrolled in intensive English programs leveled reading materials that are suitable for adults. ESL ReadingSmart includes 126 reading selections written at all levels. The online activities reinforce the reading skills taught in the classroom. ESL ReadingSmart is ideal for intensive English CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) labs and can also be used successfully as homework.
Teachers can implement ESL ReadingSmart either as a student-centered, stand-alone application, or as a learning environment that integrates online student work and classroom instruction. ESL ReadingSmart provides a placement test that generates an individualized path for each student to follow. Alternatively, teachers can select a specific level for a class, and the system will offer the same instructional path to all of the students in the class. The Student Assessment module provides individual, class, school, and district reports, and progress is measured in terms of Lexile® and grade level gains.
The Student Component includes a section called Newcomers, as well as a four-level Lexiled® reading program based on multi-cultural, high-interest selections. The Newcomers section facilitates the introduction of basic vocabulary and sentence structure needed by beginning English language learners. The reading program includes Lexiled® multi-cultural, multi-genre reading selections that incorporate vocabulary support, audio tracks, activities, and quizzes. The reading selections increase in complexity as students progress through the program.
Incorporate Listening, Speaking, Reading, & Writing
The instructional pedagogy of ESL ReadingSmart is balanced. Lessons for each unit in the program contain activities that support all four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The lessons that support each unit offer vocabulary development, reading comprehension, grammar activities, and writing opportunities. Each instructional level is designed to provide a comprehensive sequence of learning activities.