|With a Spanish-Speaking Population of More Than Forty Percent, Houston’s Varnett Public School Uses Technology to Assist Students with English Language Learning|
In addition to their time spent with ESL teachers and aides in the classroom, students now have access to supplemental guided instruction. Varnett is also making Rosetta Stone® Spanish available to its English-speaking students and teachers.
“Since implementing Rosetta Stone in our schools in January, we’ve seen our ESL students make tremendous gains in their English language learning,” said Dr. Margaret Stroud, superintendent of
ESL students at Varnett have time allotted during the school day when they use the program in a computer lab with the assistance of an ESL teacher and aide or in a classroom setting. But language learning doesn’t end when class ends. Because the program is cloud-based, students can learn and practice from virtually anywhere using their laptop, smartphone or tablet.
“When we began working with Varnett, one of their primary requests was to have the program accessible to students outside of the classroom so they could continue to work on their language skills anytime. Their hard work is clearly paying off,” said Matt Hall, vice president, Enterprise & Education, Rosetta Stone. “We love seeing that they are already making such great strides in the program and that their acquired language skills are having a real impact on their lives. We applaud Varnett for recognizing how technology can positively impact learning in the classroom.”
Program accessibility is helping Varnett achieve its goal of breaking down language barriers that limit communication between ESL students and their teachers, and even the completion of assignments. To further overcome language gaps, some teachers and students at Varnett are using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish. Varnett is also expanding the Rosetta Stone program to ESL parents and families, so that they, too, are able to improve their English and become more active in their child’s schooling.
Varnett’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic program which meets the needs of its diverse student population. The principles of its core beliefs are high student achievement, safety, respect and common decency. Varnett also emphasizes the importance of meaningful parental engagement and strongly believes there should be no achievement gap between socio-economic groups and/or children of ethnic diversity.
The 1,600-student school district provides advanced technology in every classroom, early childhood education, exceptional math and reading programs, educational field trips, an ESL program and an Advanced Bridge Program for gifted students.
Varnett provides free school breakfast and lunch for those in need and free, air-conditioned bus transportation.
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