How English in a Flash Places Students
English Language Learners (ELLs) are typically grouped by proficiency and grade level in school. But, there are still differences in vocabulary knowledge between individual students at the same proficiency level. To catch gaps in vocabulary, English in a Flash places students not by proficiency or grade level, but according to their listening vocabulary.
Although teachers understandably want to place students in the program, the only way to ensure any gaps in vocabulary are filled is by testing students’ listening vocabulary. While teachers know what vocabulary words they have taught their students, knowing for sure that their students have actually learned this vocabulary is a different matter. Using English in a Flash software to place students by listening vocabulary assures teachers that students are spending time in English in a Flash on the vocabulary they need to learn, not what they already know.