Does Ooka Island support english language learners (ELL)?
Yes! The Ooka Island program is ideal for ESL students in Kindergarten through Grade 1 but can be used with older readers who are struggling or ELL students. ELL students will benefit from our strong oral language component and scaffolded instruction.
Ooka Island introduces the 44 English sounds and begins with basic language, that very gradually increase in difficulty as the program progresses. The makes is a natural introduction for a child with minimal English
In addition, the words in e-book stories are highlighted as a child reads that gives them exposure to fluent English as they follow the print on the page. A narrator also provides a brief introduction to each story and some discussion of the events as the story is read.
For the phonological activities, a child with beginning English skills may not, at first, understand the directions, once they have been explained for the early levels of the program, the child should be able to do the remaining levels with little if any further explanation.