Q: How can ACCESS work for all my English language learners?
A: ACCESS can work for many levels of learners because it targets intermediate and advanced students, and offers ACCESS Newcomers for beginners. ACCESS is also a great resource for students who are transitioning from ESL programs into mainstream classes but who need sheltered content instruction.
Q: How does ACCESS compare to our basal text?
A: ACCESS shelters the content of the subject. It covers the topics and standards of a content area, but with about 10% of the words of basal texts. Students need to read texts that are on their reading level. They need comprehensible text, as opposed to frustrating tomes that have considerably more information and complexity than they can currently handle. ACCESS gives ESL students access, or an entry point, making content ACCESSible.
Q: What is the role of grammar in ACCESS English?
A: ACCESS English integrates the teaching of grammar with lessons on literature, reading, and writing. It teaches grammar in context, in every lesson, and one lesson in each unit focuses on grammar explicitly, developing understanding of each of the major parts of speech. Unlike most ESL programs, ACCESS English teaches about grammar in a concise, yet comprehensive, way. As a result, students build a working knowledge of grammar that is reinforced through reading, writing, and oral practice.
Q: How can ACCESS help my students with little or no educational background?
A: ACCESS Newcomers has a Readiness unit that covers the basics, such as the alphabet, addition and subtraction, colors, countries of the world, places in America, and other fundamentals. The three levels in ACCESS Newcomers become gradually more sophisticated as students are challenged to accelerate their learning and transition to the next proficiency level.
Q: How does ACCESS prepare my students for high-stakes tests and help me show annual yearly progress?
A: ACCESS is a standards-based program. It teaches the language and skills integral to test-taking as well as the standards-based content of the tests themselves. ACCESS gives students the academic language required to understand school assignments and teacher explanations and models how to produce written responses for success.
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