Heinle ELT, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning worldwide, today announced the adoption of its Milestones series by the Texas State Board of Education for Middle School English as a Second Language (ESL), Grades 6, 7 and 8.
The Milestones series will be used to help students in Texas master the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards, which are the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for ESL. The newly adopted program also prepares ESL students in Texas for mainstream Language Arts and Reading courses and is fully correlated to the Texas English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) standards.
The Milestones series, developed specifically for English language learners, offers solid language instruction and includes many features to better prepare students for success on standardized exams, including:
- Embedded assessment to help identify problems with skills and standards
- Academic vocabulary instruction, practice and assessment to prepare students for classroom success and state examinations
- Differentiated instruction for each reading selection to provide all students with the tools necessary to meet or exceed grade-level expectations
- Phonics and intervention strategies through the Heinle Phonics and Intervention Kit, which offers extensive support for struggling readers
“The consistent, research-based approach provided by Milestones helps to prepare students for success on Texas standards exams, while simultaneously supplying them with language and content knowledge that is crucial for overall academic success,” said Dennis Hogan, president, Heinle ELT. “Through the adoption of the Milestones series, the Texas State Board of Education is making a significant investment to further the academic future of its students.”
The comprehensive Milestones series includes tools for both the student and teacher, including the MilestonesTracker online assessment and remediation system, a unique component that provides remediation, practice and progress monitoring of any skill and ELP standard that may be difficult for a student. It helps students to master standards that are essential for meeting the needs of exams such as the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Furthermore, it prepares students to be better readers, writers and speakers of the English language, inside and outside of the classroom.
To view further details of the materials adopted by Texas under Proclamation 2011, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147486677 or http://elt.heinle.com/milestones/tx/. For more information on the Milestones series or other Heinle ELT products, please visit http://elt.heinle.com or www.cengage.com.
About Cengage Learning and Heinle ELT
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Heinle ELT, part of Cengage Learning, is a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world. Heinle is committed to helping learners become more effective readers, writers and communicators, and to helping teachers become more effective in guiding learners to achieve their goals. For more information, visit http://elt.heinle.com or www.cengage.com.