Here are eight ways STORYWORLD provides support specifically for English Language Learners and English learners with learning variabilities:
We address this by…embedding auditory, text, and second-language scaffolds that students can activate on their own when needed. This enables them to learn the same material as their classmates, rather than be removed from the class for remediation. STORYWORLD’s entire learning experience includes rewards (points) for completing any quiz/game, therefore helping students feel emotionally confident as they progress through the material. STORYWORLD’s language scaffolds also support independent learning at school and home.
We address this by…having text in all stories and word books read aloud by native English speakers, and abundant visual clues to support cognition.
We address this by…providing embedded Spanish and Mandarin second-language support to all STORYWORLD text, with narration by native speakers. These supports enable students to receive a word-by-word translation in context, and translate the entire text for a fuller understanding whenever needed. Quiz-games at the end of the story also include text and audio instructions with native language scaffolds. For learners whose first language is not Spanish or Mandarin, every word or phrase and sentence is sounded out clearly in English.
We address this by…constantly associating the text with the sound of the word throughout our stories, word books, and quiz-games. As students interact with each word by clicking it—in both the narratives and in quiz-games—they use kinesthetic learning to reinforce audio & text connections.
We address this by…always associating audio with text. Additional quiz-games include audio-only questions to encourage specific listening comprehension skills as part of the overall learning process.
We address this by…including opportunities in the quiz-games for students to record their own answers to prompts in different media: audio-only, written (with audio support), and audio (with written support.)
We address this by…including opportunities in quiz-games for students to write answers—in whatever language they choose—to prompts in different media: audio-only, written (with audio support), and audio (with written support.)
We address this by…designing STORYWORLD’s Formative Evaluation Dashboard (FED) to captures each student’s overall activity and identify specific areas of strengths and learning challenges for all 4 English language modalities (reading, listening, writing, speaking), as well as vocabulary. STORYWORLD’s FED enables teachers to report and track written and spoken contributions for each story according to standards.
The Dashboard also measures student motivation to learn, displayed as a function of engagement/time spent on each story. The Dashboard also enables the educator to assess understanding of the subject area through depth-of-knowledge and inference questions.
Because specific information for each student is reported through the Dashboard according to each modality (reading, listening, writing, and speaking), STORYWORLD’s FED is especially helpful in identifying and addressing the specific learning challenges of each student at risk of falling behind.
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