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Escalate English

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Escalate English is an English language development program designed to accelerate English learners’ growth in grades 4–8. Students with social English language skills but needing intensive support to build their academic English skills across all language modalities—reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing—are the optimal candidates for this CODiE award-winning program.

Through its design, students actively engage with robust grade-level text and multimedia every day and respond through activities such as structured collaborative conversations, daily writing, active listening and speaking activities, and performance tasks. Throughout every step of the lesson, a variety of scaffolds promote access without compromising the rigor needed to reach the next level.

Escalate English makes active academic language learning and production a daily routine. A recent yearlong study of the program with students in grades six, seven, and eight saw students in all three grades show significant growth with increased language skills, abilities to analyze texts, critical reasoning, and thoughtful communication. 

Included are an array of videos that model academic language and further extend the topic covered in the text, podcasts that allow students to practice their listening skills, and an interactive digital student experience rich in supported digital writing and learning tools that enhance each lesson. 

Digital learning tools are built into instruction, ensuring that each step of the way, students can access grade-level content and respond using the academic language they need to practice, whether they are online or offline. With the HMH Player app, students can easily download the program’s texts, videos, interactive lessons, and responding assignments for use when they do not have internet access. 

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