Everyday English Plus

Grades: 6-12

Build oral language and content knowledge for newcomers to the English language in grades 6–12

English learners encounter tremendous challenges in a new school or classroom. Consider these: They must pass state assessments—all in English—navigate an unfamiliar building, and learn the social and academic language of school.

Everyday English Plus makes the transition easier. It is a year-long language development program for newcomers to the English language in grades 6–12. Students build oral and academic language and content knowledge with cross-curricular content through these relevant and useful everyday scenarios:

  • School
  • Home
  • Neighborhood
  • Grocery Store
  • The Mall
  • My Trip
  • My Day
  • My Lifed
  • My Community

Everyday English Plus was written using the scientific research of LANGUAGE! Focus on English Learning. Lessons and instruction are delivered in a five-step process. Students experience English in the context of oral language or literacy. They will work on all aspects of language, from sounds and letters to common words and phrases to core vocabulary and grammar and usage.

English Language Newcomers Are a Fast and Growing Population

  • School-age children who are new to the English language are the fastest growing population of students in the United States
  • Roughly 5.5 million of 9 million school-age students are classified as Limited English Proficient (LEP)
  • By 2015, second-generation children of immigrants are expected to be 30% of the school-age population

Targeted and Relevant Instruction

Even with no formal ESL training, teachers can learn to effectively teach their English learners with Everyday English Plus.

The Teacher's Edition guides instruction throughout each scenario.

Teachers told us: "We must have lessons that include instruction of academic language—without that—our students can't be successful in their other classes."


Research recommends that the following be incorporated into instruction for English learners:

  • All middle and secondary school classrooms must address the language and literacy skills students need for content-area learning
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Conversational skills (the language of print differs from conversational language)
  • Vocabulary used across academic disciplines
  • Progress monitoring and valid assessment