New educational video game promotes academic vocabulary

The achievement gap between English language learners (ELL) and students in lower socioeconomic groups is often associated with a language gap.
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The achievement gap between English language learners (ELL) and students in lower socioeconomic groups is often associated with a language gap. Ballard & Tighe, Publishers recently completed a beta test of Word Raider: Escape, a new online video game that teaches academic vocabulary to students in grades 2-5.

The game is great for advanced vocabulary," said Gloria Ramirez, a K-5 teacher from Soaring Heights Leadership Academy in Jubilee Academic Center District, Texas. "Especially since they see an animation of what the word means, they can make a more visual, verbal, and kinesthetic connection to new words."

Word Raider: Escape situates players in a virtual world where learning and practicing academic vocabulary is the objective. Nearly 1,000 students from Texas, Utah, California, and as far as Singapore participated in the beta test, conducted from October1-12, 2012.

Word Raider: Escape will be available in mid-December at $24 per student per year. For more information, visit



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