Building Success With Academic Language
Escalate English® reflects what we know about effective academic language instruction for English learners—that it is through active engagement with rigorous, grade-level texts and tasks across listening, speaking, reading, and writing, that they can make the academic gains needed for success on high-stakes assessments, and to become successful in college and careers. Best-in-class language, literacy, and content instruction and technology work in an integrated approach to bring notable results to every classroom.
Access to Rigor for EL Success
Download Access to Rigor for EL Success, a white paper written by Dr. Elena Izquierdo, program consultant for Escalate English. Learn more about strategies that teachers can use to support their English learners’ development of academic skills and lead to success in school and career.
Access to Rigor for EL Success (981 KB)
A Research-Based Approach
This informative research report explains how Escalate English was designed and written to accelerate the development of students’ proficiencies across the language process and build the skills needed for academic success.
Escalate English: A Research-Based Approach (2 MB)
The Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism/Biliteracy by John De Mado
Whether a student is learning English as a second language, or is a native English speaker learning a world language, the more opportunities students have to become bilingual and bi-literate, the greater their prospects will be for academic and career success. Download this paper for insights that validate the work you do every day with your language learners.
The Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism/Biliteracy (500 KB)
Communication First! Six Best Practices for the Second Language Classroom by John De Mado
All language learners benefit from a ‘linguistically friendly’ classroom, one in which students are free to acquire a second language without fear of sanctions on what they have yet to learn. According to white paper author John De Mado, “there is an intimate relationship between language acquisition and an individual's willingness to take linguistic risks, to be vulnerable, and to use intuition in order to confront more language than he or she owns. This dynamic is essential to a student’s second language growth.” Download this paper for six essential classroom practices that can transform your classroom into a ‘communication first’ environment.
Communication First! Six Best Practices for the Second Language Classroom (392 KB)
An Efficacy Study of Escalate English at Grades 6–8
Students using Escalate English showed significant growth in Grades 6 to 8 over the course of the study during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Escalate English program is effective in increasing the language skills and knowledge of lower performing as well as higher performing Grade 6 to 8 students to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicate thoughtfully.
An Efficacy Study of Escalate English (267 KB)
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