Ombudsman Bridges Language Gap with Technology
Ombudsman has developed a unique approach to help remove barriers to academic success for students who are English Language Learners (ELL). Computer-assisted instruction and teacher-led engagement activities are helping these students improve their English language skills and, at the same time, improve their performance in other subjects.
Ombudsman recently expanded the Reading Plus program for English Language Learners after a two-year pilot returned positive results. Students complete an initial diagnostic assessment when they enroll in Ombudsman, and an individualized curriculum designed to improve reading fluency is created based on the student’s assessment. The program, which accommodates learners within a wide range of reading levels, improves fluency through silent reading, comprehension and vocabulary activities.
In addition, Ombudsman’s TextHELP Read and Write GOLD program helps all students who are developing their language skills, whether or not they are English Language Learners. The text-to-speech software allows students to highlight a portion of text and listen as the text is read aloud. This program can be combined with any other piece of curriculum or subject matter to help students learn the pronunciation of words used in any academic subject.
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