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bilinguals to achieve native-like proficiency. For many students to fully participate in school, they will need to be bilingual; proficient in English, and Digital. Young students that struggle with the English language are disadvantaged from their peers. Young students that aren’t supported in learning ‘Digital’ are also disadvantaged from their peers.

It is educational Malpractice to not use every tool for student success.“ 6 Creative use of available technology can help to bridge the gap with extensive language rich exposure and interactions for both oral and digital. In 1997 Smith & Elley highlighted a New Zealand study where students listened to a recorded book while reading the print copy for 20 to 30 minutes daily for 7 months. Normally we would expect 7 months gain for 7 months of learning; the gains from the intervention were 2.2 years instead. 8

This article will provide a lens of five guidelines for targeted technology integration, and a description of what a technology intensive literature exploration (TILE) may look like.

What does it look like to support diverse student needs for language experience to reduce the vocabulary gap? We need to model oral fluency, increase exposure to vocabulary, and offer supported practice. Strategic integration of technology can maximize the volume and variety of words read, heard and used on a daily basis through extensive rich oral language experiences.

Five Strategies and aspects of oral fluency that we can focus on to foster the acquisition of Oral Fluency include: 1. Listening to proficient speakers a. b. c. d.

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