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Make progress in English with regular daily practice

English in a Flash is hosted online at Renaissance Place, and can be accessed from any online school computer. Just 15 minutes of practice each day allows for significant progress to be made.

1. Build student vocabulary

English in a Flash helps students to build Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and vocabulary necessary for Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).

Content-Area Vocabulary. Students learn the content-area vocabulary required for success in language, arts, maths, biology, chemistry, history and other subjects.

Conversational Vocabulary. Students learn conversational vocabulary that helps them communicate effectively with classmates and teachers.

2. Provide grammatical structure

Students learn grammatical structures the same way they learned them in their native languages—through meaningful exposure. Once students have learned the vocabulary in a lesson, those words are combined into short phrases, sentences and dialogues.

Students learn grammar and structure implicitly. Vocabulary words are taught in Lessons 1-3. Vocabulary words are placed in phrases and short sentences in Lesson 4, and sentences and dialogue in Lesson 5. This sequence provides comprehensible input that increases with staged progress.

3. Monitor vocabulary acquisition and progress

Several reports provide detailed and incisive information to aid progress monitoring. The progress of each individual student is recorded on a Student Record Report. This records the words, phrases and dialogue learned. A Class Progress report provides an overview of current work and shows how the class are improving so intervention can be made effectively. A Parent Report facilitates parental involvement in their child’s vocabulary progress.

4. Guide students to books of interest

AR BookFinder is a free online tool designed to help students, parents, teachers and librarians to find books based on vocabulary knowledge.