Champion of IDEAS From Ballard & Tighe Adopted by Phoenix-Area School District.
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PHOENIX -- Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (www.ballard-tighe.com) announced today that Murphy Elementary School elementary school: see school. District in Phoenix has adopted Champion of IDEAS for the district middle school students who do not speak English as their native language. Champion of IDEAS is an English Language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. Development program that is comprehensive, systematic, and standards-based and addresses the content components for the Structured English Immersion (SEI) program.
From 1995 to 2005, the number of LEP (Light Emitting Polymer) An organic polymer that glows (emits photons) when excited by electricity. LEP screens are used to make organic LED (OLED) displays and are expected to compete with LCD screens in the future. See OLED. (Limited English Proficient) students nationwide has increased more than 58 percent1. Today, English learners make up roughly 15 percent of Arizona's student population; there were over 155,000 students classified as LEP in 2004/052. With the challenges these students face in learning a new language well enough to succeed academically and with such a high percentage of LEP students in Arizona schools, the strain on district resources is clearly apparent.
Murphy Elementary School District recognizes the need for a systematic instructional plan for LEP students. "We need to pursue every opportunity possible to help our students learn English well enough to not only communicate from a social standpoint but from an academic standpoint as well," said Gloria Rivera, the ELD coordinator for Murphy Elementary School District. "Curriculum like Champion of IDEAS that teaches English with these factors in mind is a cornerstone of our English immersion curriculum."
Champion of IDEAS is particularly suited to SEI programs because it develops and refines social language and builds academic language proficiency Language proficiency or linguistic proficiency is the ability of an individual to speak or perform in an acquired language. As theories vary among pedagogues as to what constitutes proficiency, there is little consistency as to how different organisations through content-specific vocabulary and concepts, idiomatic id·i·o·mat·ic
a. Peculiar to or characteristic of a given language.
b. Characterized by proficient use of idiomatic expressions: a foreigner who speaks idiomatic English. and figurative fig·u·ra·tive
a. Based on or making use of figures of speech; metaphorical: figurative language.
b. Containing many figures of speech; ornate.
2. expressions, and grammatical and linguistic structures. It is designed to teach students how to accurately and comfortably speak and write in English so that they can succeed academically.
"The highest quality of language and grammatical accuracy is the goal for English Learners using the Champion of IDEAS program," said Dr. Connie Williams, instructional consultant to Ballard & Tighe. "Because the method used in the Champion program is systematic and methodical, spoken and written language will not mirror grammatical gaps in learning."
Murphy schools will be using the Champion program including support materials, resources, and assessments. The program includes a combination of non-consumable student textbooks (Champion Reader), workbooks (Champion Writer), assessments (Champion Tester), literature books, and audio materials as well as a comprehensive teacher's guide with CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). resources that lays out an instructional plan based on proficiency level.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA NCELA National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition ). Retrieved July 18, 2008, from:
1) http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/policy/states/reports/statedata/2004LEP/ Arizona-G-05.pdf (Due to its length, this URL URL
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2) http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/policy/states/reports/statedata/2005LEP/ GrowingLEP_0506.pdf (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)
About Ballard & Tighe
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (www.ballard-tighe.com) has focused on developing products for English language learners since 1976. Ballard & Tighe provides testing, instructional, and training products and services to more than 3,500 state, regional, and local school districts throughout the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and internationally. Ballard & Tighe produces assessment products, English language development instructional materials, professional development programs, and a series of unique social studies programs designed especially for English language learners.