We are very excited about sharing how our platform is a perfect complement to educators who are following the WIDA standards of English language development. There is a challenge throughout the United States that more and more students are entering the public school system as English learners. Nationally, over 10% of students fall into this category, with some states like California reporting 25% of students being English learners. WIDA, or "World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment", is a consortium of state departments of education. WIDA designs and implements proficiency standards and assessments for primary and secondary school students (grades K-12) who are ELL or “English Language Learner” students.
The work that WIDA does, and has done, to develop standards of learning is crucial for ensuring that every student in the United States is prepared to “succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps”. Like I said, crucial – especially for a growing population of students who fall into this category.
The Lingo Jingo language-teaching platform is an invaluable asset for English language educators – and for those that are teaching to the WIDA English language standards, we’re talking to you to! Teachers can rely on this single platform to share content with students that cover all of the language domains: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Educators can use already existing course content or easily customize their own with our simple tools to mirror their teaching styles. We already have teacher created course work that follows the popular ESL, or English as a second language, learner textbook series “Interchange” with many vocabulary and grammar activities ready to use.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lingo Jingo is passionate about enabling language educators with the best platform for reaching and teaching students. We believe that English language educators and English language learners can all benefit immensely with Lingo Jingo. Sign up for a free account and let’s help ELL students together!