Learning is an innovative language and literacy software program for
ELLs, struggling readers, early childhood education, and SPEC ED
Learning is an engaging language and literacy software program that
accelerates English learning. Focused on oral language, academic
vocabulary, instruction in the five essential components of reading, and
strategic first-language support—it spells success for students
How Imagine Learning Helps ELLs
Basic & Academic Language
- Utilizes peer modeling
- Provides strategic first-language support
- Boosts oral language development
- Strengthens academic vocabulary
- Instructs students in the five essential components of reading
The program has a way with words.
Learning was designed specifically to sharpen vocabulary—a key aspect
of language acquisition for ELLs. In the program, ELL students are
taught vocabulary through videos, pictures, glossaries, and direct
translations. Words and concepts are repeated in multiple contexts in
various books and activities, which provide students with a rich
language experience and deeper understanding. The program highlights
both general academic words and content-specific vocabulary words,
so ELLs can use their new vocabulary across the curriculum throughout
the day. Additionally, before students read informational leveled texts,
key words are clarified and defined in the student’s first language.
All in all, it’s just what ELL students need to succeed.
Five Key Components of Reading
Five essential components. One incredible result.
are countless ways ELLs can benefit from reading. And there are only
five essential components to learning how to do it. The National Reading
Panel recommends explicit, systematic instruction in five areas:
phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Imagine Learning delivers explicit instruction
in each of these crucial areas, paying particular attention to
comprehension. Because comprehension is an especially difficult skill
for ELLs to master, Imagine Learning helps students build background
knowledge through pre-reading activities and then provides scaffolded
reading opportunities with multiple levels of feedback. This strategic
approach prepares students for the text while also promoting
comprehension. And the incredible result for ELLs? A higher level of
It’s easier to pay attention when you understand what’s going on.
you don’t understand the task, how can you accomplish it? Many ELLs
struggle to process language, making daily and academic tasks difficult
to understand—let alone accomplish. Listening comprehension skills help
ELL students learn how to recognize and follow oral instructions, making
it easier to follow along. In Imagine Learning’s listening
comprehension activities, ELLs are required to focus on specific words
and phrases to practice selective listening. This exercise helps them
learn how to identify key points. In other parts of the program, ELL
students actively listen to interpret various conversations by carefully
attending to verbal and nonverbal cues. By increasing this ability to
understand the world around them, ELL students keep pace with their
peers and gain confidence.
A program that’s all prose and no cons.
grammatical knowledge is required for basic communication with speakers
of any language. And for an ELL student trying to grasp the many rules
of the English language, nothing is more important. Research shows that
explicit instruction in this area improves speaking and writing skills.
ELL students receive direct instruction for concepts such as nouns,
verbs, adjectives, plurals, and affixes. They strengthen their
grammatical skills by listening to correct syntax in context and then
derive the rules on their own by noticing patterns
The importance of oral fluency speaks for itself.
is a foundational element of literacy for ELL students, so oral fluency
is a must-have skill. To provide speaking opportunities for ELL
students, Imagine Learning directly teaches conversational phrases. In
these activities, ELL students listen to each phrase multiple times,
learn its meaning, and then have the opportunity to practice saying it
themselves and record it. This method of listening, repeating and
recording, and then listening to the recording has proven to be one of
the most effective ways to improve speaking skills. Students also listen
to and record songs and chants in the program, helping them gain oral
fluency. With these activities to provide plenty of practice, your ELLs
will definitely have something to talk about.