English Language Learners

English Language Learners are a diverse population whose ability levels can vary greatly. To best serve ELLs, there must be a strong focus on the development of oral language, reading vocabulary, and academic language. Both Lexia's curriculum and assessment solutions specifically target each of these skills, helping ELL students develop fundamental reading skills with the rest of their classmates while providing educators with real-time student performance data that pinpoints a student’s exact skill gaps to strengthen interventions.

  • Aligns with best practices in English Language Learner instruction

  • Provides audio directions in various native languages

  • Helps students work independently and successfully at all levels of language proficiency

Who Lexia Helps

Newcomer ELL students with beginner-level language and reading skills:

  • Learn key comprehension strategies for listening and reading

  • Develop phonological awareness and phonics skills that are integrated with oral language development

  • Leverage picture-based activities to build concrete and abstract academic vocabulary 

Students with proficient language skills but weak reading skills:

  • Develop sophisticated vocabulary and strong academic language

  • Read challenging narrative and expository texts to develop advanced comprehension strategies

  • Learn figurative language and word concepts such as idioms, similes, and metaphors

How Lexia Helps

Supports Phonological Awareness and Phonics at the Earliest Skill Levels

Lexia integrates fundamental reading skills in phonological awareness and phonics with oral language skills at the earliest skill levels. Since ELL students are typically unfamiliar with the phonological structure of English, this kind of systematic, intensive work in the areas of phonological awareness and phonics teaches students the sound structure of English and allows them to build on this knowledge in the acquisition of phonic word attack strategies for reading. This awareness of sound structure also enhances the ability to recognize spoken words and allows ELL students to experience greater benefit from the intense exposure to vocabulary.

Enhances Vocabulary Knowledge

Activities designed to enhance vocabulary knowledge are supported by pictures, which are particularly helpful for ELL students in acquiring concrete words and concepts as well as abstract, academic vocabulary. Students continue to strengthen vocabulary knowledge through activities that focus on words with multiple meanings, analogies and shades of meaning, and idiomatic expressions. Exposure to Latin and Greek affix and root meanings develops an understanding of more sophisticated content-specific words (e.g., inspection, photosynthesis).

Develops Key Comprehension Strategies

Along with a strong focus on vocabulary development, Lexia incorporates key comprehension strategies for listening and reading with both narrative and expository text. Activities include the development of skills such as imaging and sequencing in both oral and written language and move to higher order thinking skills such as determining the main idea, drawing inferences, predicting outcomes, and summarizing. A focus on monitoring of meaning across content areas enhances the student’s ability to generalize these strategies to new and unfamiliar settings and contexts.

Builds Fluency

Many ELLs who struggle with vocabulary and comprehension will also struggle with reading fluency. As they encounter unfamiliar words in text, speed and accuracy of reading will decrease and comprehension will suffer. Lexia offers opportunities for structured and purposeful independent reading at the appropriate level. Fluency instruction is built systematically through activities that focus on word identification, vocabulary knowledge, and sentence structure. Paragraph-level fluency activities are designed to increase speed of processing while maintaining a focus on meaning.

Improves Speaking and Listening Skills

While engagement in deep reading activities is critical for ELL students, it is equally important for them to have the opportunity to participate in structured, academic talk. Lexia supports the development of speaking and listening skills using appropriate academic language through teacher-led instruction and dialogue as well as structured peer discussions through the Lexia Lessons and Skill Builders. Small group activities are designed to enhance the use of oral language through asking and answering questions related to important vocabulary and content.

  WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation

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Lexia Reading Core5® has been recognized by WIDA as satisfying all 44 criteria under the WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation for English Language Development Standards. This designation provides further credibility for Lexia’s research-proven instructional program, which is currently used by more than 2.6 million students, and has been shown to help ELL students close the academic gap.

WIDA is a consortium of more than 30 states dedicated to the design and implementation of high academic standards for English language learners (ELLs). The WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation is designed to assist educators in making informed decisions about selecting instructional materials for language education programs.

This correlation highlights the important ways in which Core5 helps language learners develop English literacy skills. Specific examples in the correlation note that Core5:

  • Builds academic language at the discourse, sentence, and word/phrase level

  • Connects language development standards to state academic content standards

  • Challenges all learners at all levels of language proficiency

  • Provides scaffolding supports for students to advance

Download the full WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation

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