English learners bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives to U.S. classrooms. Many have overcome significant challenges to acquire interpersonal communication skills. However, they may struggle to reach the next milestone—proficiency with academic language. HMH® designed the research-proven program, Escalate English®, to ensure learners actively engage with grade-level content and stay on track for college- and career-readiness.
This CODiE® Award-winning program helps students bridge the gap between conversational English and the academic language they need to achieve. In partnership with EL educators, we can provide a learning path that helps English learners realize their potential, embrace the power of biliteracy, and prepare for lifelong learning.
Increases academic language proficiency for striving English learners
Provides dynamic access to digital content that breaks down learning barriers
Prepares students to meet today’s more rigorous standards
Escalate English challenges students to actively engage with rich, grade-level content and to use academic language while providing them state-of-the-art support.
Intensive instruction that challenges and supports students in engaging with rigorous content accelerates language learning.
Active language production through daily discussion, writing, listening, and speaking helps students build proficiency.
Scaffolded support, interactive tools, and rich multimedia afford students success with grade-level content.
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The Escalate English curriculum reflects the simple truth that we learn English best by actively using it. Students gain confidence through supported opportunities to read and discuss compelling selections, share their insights through structured oral and written responses, and work collaboratively with other students.
One way to assess how Escalate English delivers on high student expectations is to view the program through the learner’s experience. Using academic language efficiently helps ELs engage with academic grade-level content that grows their ability to recount, explain, argue and discuss. (WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition).
At point of reference, teachers deliver prompts that encourage students to Recount using spoken and written academic language.
A core learning routine calls for students to Explain key ideas, processes, and phenomena in response to ongoing teacher prompts.
Students use example language and text structures in Escalate English to develop their own arguments, orally and in writing.
With support in every lesson in the form of step-by-step guidelines, students experience success with language production at high depth-of-knowledge levels.
A dynamic online Student eBook and interactive tools, available through the Student Dashboard, enable access to grade level content.
HMH Player® helps bridge the digital divide by providing access to content online and offline. Students can download content, work offline, and their work automatically syncs when they’re back online.
Engaging multimedia, including a variety of videos and authentic podcasts teach the use of academic language in multiple contexts.
Unit topics aligned to science and social studies and a wealth of informational text selections build deep content knowledge.
Accessible and engaging formats, including graphic novels and Browse Magazine, support success with independent reading.
Through digital resources such as podcasts, blogs, and videos, students build listening skills and learn how language use varies depending on media.
Unit-at-a-Glance in the Teacher Edition facilitates planning with a view of the selections, performance tasks, and topics for each unit.
Text X-Rays identify the ideas, language, and content in the section that students may find challenging, allowing teachers to prepare differentiated support.
mySmartPlanner pre-populates 180 days of instruction and lets teachers view and customize lesson plans.
The online Teacher Dashboard provides a centralized location to access resources, view the daily schedule, and monitor student progress.
Lessons consisting of four, 15-minute sections enable teachers to fit rigorous instruction into various time slots during the day.
A variety of differentiated scaffolds at point of use helps teachers meet the access needs of striving English learners with varying proficiency levels.
“To be successful in school, ELs need ample opportunities to interact with complex text and thought by listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It’s more than just learning English—it’s learning in English!”
Unit pretests measuring knowledge of vocabulary and language structures help determine learning needs and support planning.
Assessments for vocabulary, grammar, and language analysis help monitor student growth in language knowledge and usage.
Performance tasks and online Unit Tests with tech-enhanced items provide authentic opportunities for language production while preparing students for high-stakes assessments.
Explore the instruction in Escalate English more thoroughly with a content overview brochure, program component details, and correlations that indicate how the ELD and ELA standards are addressed.
Each unit provides access to high-interest science and social studies texts and selections from graphic novels.
Escalate English offers an array of engaging print and digital resources for students and teachers.
WIDA PRIME Correlation
Escalate English is correlated to the WIDA® English Language Proficiency Standards.
Escalate English is correlated to Journeys and Collections for seamless instruction and learning.
Students learn language best by using it. Escalate English gives students abundant and varied opportunities to engage with, and demonstrate, academic English and to build their ability to recount, explain, argue, and discuss (WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition).
From day one, students engage with compelling, thought-provoking content presented in a variety of formats. Language instruction provided in a dynamic blended learning environment gives students multiple ways to access and engage with text.
Built on today’s rigorous EL and ELD standards, Escalate English combines high expectations with appropriate support to make grade-level content accessible to all learners and ensure mastery of grade-level standards.
Through active, intensive academic language learning, Escalate English helps English learners who have stalled at the intermediate level of language proficiency gain the language skills needed for college- and career-readiness.
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Based on research, we know that long-term English learners need focused, accelerated instruction. Escalate English embeds instructional scaffolds and engaging content, resulting in achievement and comprehension for all.
Escalate English meets today’s call for rigorous, appropriately scaffolded support across the language processes and content knowledge needed for English learners’ academic success.
Today’s English learners need to acquire academic English in tandem with rigorous grade-level content so adopting a program with a solid research base is key.
Overview of how Escalate English meets ESSA evidence criteria for “DEMONSTRATES A RATIONALE.”
A full-year study by the Educational Research Institute of America (ERIA) showing the program’s effectiveness in increasing language skills and knowledge of students in Grades 6–8
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