BOSTON — Oct. 18, 2013 — Research has shown that oral language development has a profound impact on children's preparedness for kindergarten and their future academic success. Children typically enter school with a wide range of background knowledge and oral-language ability, attributable in part to factors such as their experiences in the home and their socioeconomic status. As a result, Title I and English-language-learner subgroups typically face a gap in academic ability that tends to persist or grow throughout their school experience.
“Typically, these high-risk students begin their schooling one to three years behind grade level, and if not addressed early, these gaps will persist or grow throughout their academic experience,” said Liz Crawford-Brooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, vice president, education and research, Lexia Learning. “Only when we accelerate learning through both teacher-led and technology-driven personalized instruction, can we change the trajectory for these students and break the cycle that exists for them.”
So what are the implications for school administrators, curriculum specialists and classroom teachers? Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, and Education Week are hosting a free, one-hour webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m. EST to help attendees understand what oral language is and the important role it plays in reading. Learn from two administrators—Pam Howard and Shawn Parkhurst—about their strategies for oral language development, including a focus on foundational comprehension and vocabulary for students who lack exposure to English language and have limited background experiences. Liz Crawford-Brooke will moderate the program.
To register, please go to: www.lexialearning.com/edweekwebinar
About Lexia Learning
Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology, today more than one million students are currently improving their reading proficiency with Lexia. A Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, Lexia has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.