Language for Learning 1999
About the Program
Language for Learning is a comprehensive oral language program that teaches essential concepts and skills that children need to succeed in school. The program provides carefully sequenced lessons to help students:
- Learn vocabulary commonly used by teachers, as well as by textbooks and other instructional material
- Develop precise knowledge of "little," but important, words such as first, next, between, who, what, and where
- Use different sentence forms, ask and answer questions, and follow instructions
- Acquire important background information and world-knowledge, such as days of the week, months, and seasons
- Figure out the logical aspects of language, such as classification and "if-then" reasoning
- Thinking and Understanding are part of every lesson
- Carefully orchestrated lessons teach the language of classroom instruction
- Provides the building blocks for verbal and reading comprehension
- Opportunity for both group and individual practice of the content of the exercise
- Continuous integration and review of all the concepts and skills
- Original stories and poems to be read to the students
- Placement Test and 15 Program Assessments ensure that children are working on concepts appropriate for their ability
Student Workbook (A-D):
- Consumable Workbooks sold in packages of 5
- Activities help students apply what they are learning in new contexts
- Activities completed under direction of teacher, as well as activities great for independent seatwork
- Correspond with presentation book to provide additional practice on concepts learned
- 4 Spiral Bound Presentation Books contain daily lessons, directions for workbook activities, and stories and poems written especially for the program
- Teacher Guide provides detailed instructions for using the program, a copy of the placement test, a transition lesson, and parent letters
- Behavioral Objectives Book lists concepts and skills of the program, providing an easy-to-use tool for communicating with parents
- Skills folder
- Set of 4 Student Workbooks
- Skills Folder Package (pkg of 15) make it easy to chart student progress
- Mastery Test Package include reproducible masters to ensure that students are working on concepts appropriate for their ability
Distar Reading Level 2, Group Progress Indicators
Español to English, Picture Cards
Language for Learning, Mastery Test Package
Language for Learning, Skills Folder Package (for 15 students)
Language for Learning, Additional Teacher's Guide
Language for Learning, Teacher Presentation Book A
Language for Learning, Teacher Presentation Book B
Language for Learning, Teacher Presentation Book C
Language for Learning, Workbook A (Package of 5)
Language for Learning, Workbook B (Package of 5)
Language for Learning, Workbook C (Package of 5)
Language for Learning, Workbook D (Package of 5)
Additional Details & Resources
- Direct Instruction and Teaching of Early Reading
This report summarize some of the research supporting the use of Direct Instruction to teach early reading skills. It also discuss some of the barriers educators face when attempting to implement Direct Instruction, specifically proponents of whole language teaching. Finally, researchers describe schools and teachers in Wisconsin that have achieved excellent results with Direct Instruction and how this is changing the minds of many critics.
- Special Education and Direct Instruction
Research shows strong evidence of success when Direct Instruction programs are used with students with special needs. In fact, Direct Instruction is one of only seven interventions proven effective (Forness, Kavale, Blum & Lloyd, 1997). With its research-supported design and systematic delivery, Direct Instruction is often referred to as a program for special education or at-risk students.
- The Research Base and Validation of Direct Instruction Language Programs
This report shows the seventeen studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals, 16 of which were group design studies (pre-experimental, quasi-experimental, experimental) and one of which was single case (A-B). All examined the effectiveness of one or more of the Direct Instruction language programs across a wide variety of settings and populations. All studies are described in the narrative.
Evidence of Success
- Direct Instruction Drives Success for Bilingual Students at Houston Elementary School
This report shows the improved assessment scores of bilingual students at Houston Elementary School who use Language for Learning in the classroom
- Success Begins Early at Alaskan Elementary School
This report shows the improved assessment scores of students at Big Lake Elementary School who use Language for Learning in the classroom. The number of at-risk students dropped significantly once this, along with several other McGraw-Hill Reading programs were implemented.
- Title I Schools in North Carolina Meet All-State Reading Targets
This report shows how Brunswick County Schools met all Reading improvement and achievement goals the state set. This was in large part due to adoption of McGraw-Hill direct instruction programs.
- Delano, California ELL Students Outscore District
ELL students at Fremont Elementary outperformed district comparisons in Reading scores after adopting McGraw-Hill direct instruction.
- Milwaukee Elementary Nearly Doubles Reading Scores
This report shows drastic improvement in Reading assessment scores of students at Honey Creek Elementary School who use McGraw-Hill direct instruction in the classroom
- Cleveland School Keeps Reading Mastery as Curriculum Core
This report shows improvement in Reading assessment scores of students at Louisa May Alcott Elementary School who use McGraw-Hill direct instruction in the classroom
- Test Scores Transform Troubled School into National Model
This report shows drastic improvement in Reading assessment scores of students at Portland Elementary School who use McGraw-Hill direct instruction in the classroom
- Phoenix Inner-City Students Strict Toward National Reading Average
This report shows how students at Wilson Primary School are using McGraw-Hill direct instruction in order to make significant gains in attaining the National Reading Average.
- Commitment to Direct Instruction Increases Reading Scores at Cleveland School
This report shows how students at Daniel Morgan Elementary School are using McGraw-Hill direct instruction in order to make significant gains in Reading scores.
- McGraw-Hill's Reading Programs Bring Increases in Baltimore's Scores
This report shows how students in Baltimore Public Schools are using McGraw-Hill direct instruction in order to make significant gains in Reading scores.
- Direct Instruction Helps Milwaukee Schools Increase Reading Scores
This report shows drastic improvement in Reading assessment scores of students in Milwaukee Public Schools who use McGraw-Hill direct instruction in the classroom
- Old West End Academy Grade 3 Students Score 100% on Ohio Reading Test
Students at Old West Academy attained a 100% proficiency level in Reading after adopting McGraw-Hill's direct instruction program.
- California Blue Ribbon School Closes Achievement Gap
This report shows how the achievement gap has been closed at Richfield Elementary after students use McGraw-Hill direct instruction in the classroom.
- California Reading First School Uses Direct Instruction as an Intervention Tool
This report shows the positive gains in using McGraw-Hill direct instruction as an intervention tool. Students at Santa Lucia Elementary School show a significant increase in English Language Development scores.
- Horizons and Language for Learning Close Achievement Gap
This report shows how the achievement gap at Vallivue School District was closed among students with limited English proficiency after using Horizons and Language for Learning.
- ELL and Struggling Students at Wisconsin District Build Literacy Skills with Direct Instruction
In this report, ELL and other students are shown to have significant increases in Reading scores in Waaue School District after implementing McGraw-Hill direct instruction.