English Language Learners

Many states are confronted with increasing numbers of students who are labeled English as a Second Language Learners (ESL). In the United States, at least 10% of students are ESL.  These students often do not receive the individualized attention they need, and can fall behind their peers in school; this makes them more likely to drop out.  It is therefore imperative for schools and state economies which want to succeed to implement quality programs in their schools. When our endorsed programs are implemented, the students are guided through a series of questions to assess their current developmental level. The initial placement considers literacy and language abilities and then assigns each student the appropriate content. Along the way, students are constantly evaluated to determine what type of instruction they’ll receive and how much support they’ll need. This continual assessment ensures students are consistently on track and have a personalized experience. At least one such program also provides detailed reporting, including student progress and mastered skills. Customized reports can be generated for parents, teachers, and district administrators.

Economic ROI

For immigrants with more than 12 years of education, research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that learning to speak English fluently results in a 76% jump in earnings.


DLA Proposed Solution

An English Language Learning program that utilizes software to help students become more proficient in English, preparing them for English-only environments.  The National Reading Panel recommends explicit, systematic instruction in five areas: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. In addition to strategic translations, the programs also use peer modeling to illustrate concepts more clearly.  ELL students immerse themselves in interactive real-world scenarios where same-age peers explain what words and phrases mean in rich, contextualized examples.  By seeing real kids use key vocabulary in real-life settings, ELL students are more engaged, enabling them to understand each concept more fully.  The solution can also provide practice – with front-loaded vocabulary, graphic organizers, and clickable glossary words with translations – to support ELL students every step of the way.  This system:

  • Utilizes peer modeling
  • Provides strategic first-language support
  • Boosts oral language development
  • Strengthens academic vocabulary
  • Instructs students in the five essential components of reading

Demonstrated Outcomes

  • Experienced twice the student improvement rate of the control group
  • Showed twice the student improvement rate of other SES programs
  • Achieved the highest improvement rate of technology-based SES programs in Colorado
  • Achieved a 10% increase in the number of English Language Learners scoring proficient on the English Language Arts Criterion-Referenced Test in grades 3–5
  • ESL learners are typically economically disadvantaged, and learning English provides them with essential skills to be productive citizens and taxpayers
  • Significant increase in high school graduation and college participation
  • More decorum in classrooms, making it more productive and easier for teachers to teach

DLA English Language Learners Initiative Template

 ELL Policy Template   Download the PDF file

ELL Policy Template
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Sample Solutions

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 Languagenut.com US Information Pack   Download PDF file.

Languagenut.com US Information Pack
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Additional Issues Under Review

Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Dual Immersion
  4. Special Needs

  1. Low-Performing
  2. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Information Systems
  3. Online Learning, 24/7/365
  4. Broadband Connectivity
  5. Special Education