A better way to learn the lingo.
Vocabulary knowledge directly influences comprehension, so students with disabilities who struggle with comprehension need all the extra vocabulary instruction they can get. Imagine Learning provides a solution with explicit, contextualized instruction in basic, academic, and content-specific vocabulary, which enriches and supports oral language and helps students read better and understand more. For example, students are shown the same vocabulary word used in three different situations to fully illustrate each word. Peer-aged actors provide extra context so students can determine the meaning of a word. Also, students interact with the new words in multifaceted ways, such as completing cloze sentences, guessing the word with the help of successive clues, and completing crossword puzzles.
- Contextualized instruction in
- basic vocabulary
- academic vocabulary
- content-specific vocabulary
Help students develop an ear for understanding.
Many students with disabilities experience difficulty in processing language. In the classroom, they may have a hard time understanding the tasks required of them. Imagine Learning helps these students interpret language by providing explicit, direct instruction in listening comprehension. Specifically, students are taught how to identify certain words and phrases (e.g., nouns, verbs, and adjectives) to develop good listening comprehension skills. The program scaffolds the instruction, so as the students work through the activities, they see images along with words so they can connect what they’re learning. Listening comprehension strategies, such as the metacognitive strategy of selective attention, are modeled for students. And detailed, informative feedback provides additional support and encouragement.
- Students learn through
- selective listening
- verbal and non-verbal cues
- specific words and phrases
Speaking (Songs, Chants, Conversations)
A real conversation starter.
Students with disabilities may have a hard time expressing themselves or interacting with peers at school. With social skills deficits, students have trouble making inferences and picking up on the nuances of language. To overcome these obstacles, students with disabilities must observe the appropriate use of language in social interactions. That’s why Imagine Learning uses visual and auditory cues to illustrate how to act in social settings. Videos depict peers modeling important conversational phrases in home and school settings, which provides key context and helps those with disabilities learn, practice, and improve their social competence. Interactive speaking activities also include music, recordings, and audio feedback to fully engage each learner.
- Practice makes perfect
- listen to the phrase
- say the phrase and record it
- listen to the recording