WIDA Assessment

The ACCESS for ELLs secure, large-scale English language proficiency assessment has been designed by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium.

English language proficiency scores were reported for each grade level for each of the following three language domains and the composite as determined by WIDA:

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Why Oral Language Development Is Essential for Preliteracy and Beyond

Think for a moment about how children learn language. They are learning before they are even born. They can hear and feel the vibrations of their mother’s voice while they are still in the womb. Once welcomed into the world, they listen to their parents talking and singing to them. Like little sponges, they soak everything in, from the sounds letters and words make to the inflection and rhythm of the spoken language. Then they begin making sounds of their own.

Through oral language, or spoken language, children progress in their understanding of words and the ability to use them to communicate their thoughts and feelings with others. They start by saying simple words usually around the age of one, soon followed by stringing words together to form sentences.

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Vocabulary Size: is Bigger Better?

Publishers of ESL curricula have long touted the size of their comparative vocabulary lists, implying “bigger is better”. To bolster the perception of program quality, the goal becomes “how many words can we teach?”. But there’s little connection between size of vocabulary lists and fluency in the language.

Consider this: a student can learn thousands of English words and still be unable to verbally express a complete thought!

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Visual Literacy is Essential for Young Learners

ake a look at this image. What is this a picture of? What colors did the artist use and why? What is the artist trying to accomplish?

This is a beautiful, brightly-colored chameleon, isn’t it? Take another look. Do you notice the feet on top of the head and in the tail? Do you see the faces near the eye and on the underside of the tail? This amazing work of art by Johannes Stötter is, in fact, two people painted to look like a chameleon.

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Vertical Phonics

Phonological awareness, or being able to hear the sounds that make up spoken words, is essential and one of the first steps for any young learner to become a successful reader and writer. As children learn to associate those spoken sounds with written letters and words, a solid foundation to reading and writing is being carefully crafted.

At GrapeSEED, we greatly value the importance of phonological awareness and phonics, which is why Vertical Phonics is the first of our seamlessly integrated Five Platforms for supporting the development of English oral language acquisition.

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