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eSpark For Language Support

How does eSpark support English Language Learners?

for English Language Learners

Differentiated content accessible for all students, regardless of their language level.

All of eSpark’s K-5 content is scaffolded to support English Language Learners from a wide range of backgrounds and skill levels.

Audio support, oral language practice, and interactive visuals like graphic organizers, texts, and photos all help students learn at their own pace and skill level.


Features to make content accessible


English learners have access to full audio support as they work through math and ELA content, so that reading level is not a barrier to learning new skills.

Audio support is self-directed, and students decide when they need something read aloud. Teachers have control to turn audio on for any student in any grade level.

Audio Support for ELLs

Creation challenges give students authentic speaking and listening practice.

Final reflection prompts allow students to organize their thinking and practice their writing skills through script creation. Recording a re-teaching video helps students practice speaking to prepare them for the WIDA assessment.

Oral Language Practice for ELLs

Critical-thinking challenges provide a wide range of scaffolded content that allows students to interact with spoken and written feedback.

eSpark Quests incorporate graphic organizers, interactive texts and images with audio, and instructional games with specific feedback. This variety of techniques allows students to progress toward stronger understanding of important concepts and helps students gain independence.

Research-Based Scaffolds for ELLs

Benefits of eSpark ELA for English Language Learners

Reading Foundational Skills for ELLs

Reading Foundational Skills

Reading foundational skills teach students the fundamentals of vocabulary, phonics, and print skills at their level.

Balanced Literacy Approach for ELLs

Balanced Literacy Approach

eSpark blends direct instruction with authentic reading practice, giving students the opportunity to learn and apply concepts.

Explicit Vocabulary Instruction for ELLs

Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

Explicit vocabulary instruction helps students to build phonemic awareness, strengthen vocabulary, and grow comprehension skills.

Personalize Learning for ELLs

Personalized Learning

eSpark’s placement test allows every student to receive individualized instruction and practice at their own pace and skill level.

Authentic language instruction

Spanish language quests available for K-1 ELA standards

Students should have the opportunity to learn foundational standards regardless of their English proficiency.

Rather than simply translating texts into Spanish, eSpark curates authentic, leveled Spanish language content aligned to WIDA and CCSS standards for kindergarten and first graders.

Authentic Language Acquisition

“We have a variety of needs in terms of language acquisition”


District Demographics

  • 3,644 students
  • Cook County, IL
  • 26% of students are ELLs
  • 63% of students speak a language other than English at home

“We have a variety of needs in terms of language acquisition, from children who don’t know any English to children who are somewhat proficient but need additional language acquisition support... Every single one of our students has a device in their hands. However, for our dual language students, most of the programs out there aren’t meeting their needs.

(If you are considering a dual language program), find organizations such as eSpark that are really innovating on this idea of support English Learners with technology.”

Beatriz Maldonado

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Berwyn South School District

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