English Learners

English Learners (ELs) are students who are still developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. The EL population, which is one of the fastest-growing student populations in the United States, is made up of students with varying degrees of exposure to English and levels of competence in their first language. Regardless of their language literacy background, ELs must acquire fundamental reading, academic language, and conversation skills in English in order to be successful. Both Lexia's curriculum and assessment solutions specifically target each of these skills, helping EL 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 Learner instruction
     

  • Scaffolded support in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Haitian-Creole, Vietnamese, and Arabic.

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

 watch academic Language webinar

 

EL Educators See Success with Lexia

"Lexia gave our English Learners an opportunity to experience success in a way that they may not have found outside of this program."

—  Jeff Mosely, Executive Director of Academic Programs, Marietta City Schools

 

Who Lexia Helps

Who Lexia Helps

Newcomer EL 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

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.

 
Enhances vocabulary knowledge

Activities designed to enhance vocabulary knowledge focus on on words with multiple meanings, analogies and shades of meaning, idiomatic expressions, as well as Latin and Greek affix and root meanings. 
 

Develops key comprehension strategies

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.  


Builds fluency

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

Speaking and listening activities combine teacher-led instruction and dialogue and structured peer discussions. Small group activities enhance the use of oral language through asking and answering questions related to important vocabulary and content.

WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation

WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation

Lexia® Core5® Reading 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 3.8 million students, and has been shown to help EL students close the academic gap.

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 Correlation

WIDA PRIME 2 correlation Lexia Learning

See How Lexia Can Help Your English Learners
Woburn Public School District, MA
“Following our district’s new strategic plan, Lexia is a tool that is creating equity amongst our schools while providing students with opportunities and support we have not...
Read More
Sterling Intermediate School, WA
Students at Sterling Intermediate are experiencing impressive growth as a result of using Core5. Because parents have access to the program at home, in a school where incoming...
Read More
Research and Best Practices
Evaluating EdTech: A Few Good Reasons You Need More Than One Good Study

In the digital age, purchasing decisions big and small tend to result from a great deal of research. After all, we spend hours researching potential new cars, upcoming vacations, and even places to eat this weekend, painstakingly scrutinizing reviews for hours until we feel we’ve garnered enough insight to make...

Read More
3 Strategies for Teaching English Learners Academic Language
3 Strategies for Teaching English Learners Academic Language

A common misconception among teachers is that if a student can speak English fluently, he or she does not need extra accommodations in order to grasp the curriculum. In reality, many students struggle with academic language because their exposure to language outside of school does not include advanced words and...

Read More
5 Try-It-Today Activities to Help Your Students Tackle Literary Themes
5 Try-It-Today Activities to Help Your Students Tackle Literary Themes

Your students probably already know that writers don’t just tell them the theme. Readers need to look for themes, and that's not easy. What else isn't easy? Convincing students that identifying themes is worth the effort and can improve their comprehension. These engaging activities can help by giving your students...

Read More
Project-Based Teaching and Learning: Designed with Students in Mind
Project-Based Teaching and Learning: Designed with Students in Mind

To the ears of many, project-based learning is just another education buzzword laden with promise but unclear in definition. These days, the phrase is often linked with the rise of personalized approaches to learning, as exemplified in a 2018 blog post by Mike Wolking, a progressive education advocate affiliated with...

Read More