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What is Language! Live and How Can It Help Your Students?

Language! Live
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Language! Live is a curriculum-based intervention that can help students improve their literacy when struggling. It is aimed at students in grades 5 to 12 and uses a blended approach to language and literacy education.

The Language! Live program, from Voyager Sopris, is built for both in-person and remote use, and works across multiple formats so students can learn both in the class and from home using a digital device.

The goal is to accelerate struggling students to grade-level proficiency in a relatively short amount of time. It does this by using research-based and structured literacy instruction. Using both teacher-led instructions and text-training practice, students can progress quickly and effectively in literacy learning.

Language! Live was developed by Louisa Moats, Ed.D. who is an internationally renowned literacy expert. She has authored many scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation.

How Does Language! Live work?

This program starts students where they are and allows them to work on their own but also with teachers on such topics as rereading and close activities supported by print materials and ebooks.

Both students and teachers have dashboards to organize and track their progress. Teachers can see each student’s time on task, items completed, and class targets. A robust integrated assessment system keeps teachers advised of student progress in the program. 

Teachers can also find all program tools and resources (both online and print) at their fingertips. On their dashboards, students see all of their assignments, class pages, and their own avatar that they can embellish as they earn points.

This program is an excellent use of online word training that is available at each student’s level. Interactive lessons, certificates, and avatars as ongoing incentives are available, as well as the ability to do online recording. There is even a class page that incorporates social media traits such as online feedback, newsfeeds, and weekly point totals. 

Student data is available for teachers to have instant information on their students. An interactive library, complete with online texts, includes video and audio enhancements.

Language! Live

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How Effective is Language! Live?

This program is what every adolescent with reading deficits and their teachers have been waiting for. Many schools have adolescent students who are struggling readers, missing vital skills. This software provides a high-quality, research-based program that is specifically targeted to the adolescent population reading two or more years below grade level. 

Focused on middle school and high school students (grades 5-12) with reading-skill deficits who need a program that is presented at their age levels, the videos and interactive lessons are presented by students of their age group and with self-guided online word training.

Multiple entry points meet students where they are with both foundational and literacy skills to quickly move them up to grade level. The program also focuses on keeping them there when they do make it to grade level. 

It effectively combines word training online with teacher-led text training and uses standard Lexile scoring in assessments.

How Much Does Language! Live Cost?

Voyager Sopris has a selection of pricing options available, tailored for either student or teacher needs.

A student buying Language! Live will pay $109 for a one-year Levels 1 and 2 license, $209 for a two-year license also for Levels 1 and 2, $297 for three years, $392 for four, and $475 for five years.

A teacher will pay $895 for a Levels 1 and 2 one-year license, two years $975, three years $995, four years $1,015, and five years $1,035. 

The difference is that a teacher package includes the teacher dashboard, print materials, sound library, electronic teacher editions, additional resources, and a robust data-management system.

Is Language! Live Easy to Install?

This program is easily integrated into any classroom and backed up with data that is efficiently reported online. It also addresses skills in vocabulary, grammar, listening, and writing for a complete package. 

Teachers work with students on text lessons after they use the online resources for word work so that technology training and teacher interaction is combined. Additionally, PD for teachers and ongoing support is always available.