English Language Development Solutions:
Accelerate English Language Acquisition

Connect to Literacy

Ensure your K–12 English learners are making steady progress toward their English Language Proficiency Growth Goals throughout the year and are prepared for spring testing with the Connect to Literacy™ online TELPAS Review and Readiness program.

With interactive, engaging video lessons written to the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs) at six different grade bands, Connect to Literacy supports growth in all four domains with just 30-60 minutes of practice a week.

Help Students Progress At least One Proficiency Level

Developed specifically for the Texas ELPS, and including grade-level TEKS, Connect to Literacy offers more than 2,000 practice items modeled after the TELPAS Listening and Speaking item types. Using Connect to Literacy, English learners from Beginning to Advanced High will develop their vocabulary and practice speaking and listening in a supported online environment designed to accelerate English language acquisition and prepare students for TELPAS.

Through audio, video and TELPAS Listening-Speaking practice assessments, students actively engage with English and build language proficiency.

Listening Practice Items

Connect to Literacy provides listening items for all proficiency levels, modeled after TELPAS item types so that students become confident in listening, comprehending and responding to English in a variety of ways. All Listening item types include Lesson modeling videos to guide student practices.

Speaking Practice Items

Students will practice speaking using a variety of prompts, differentiated based on proficiency level and modeled after the TELPAS item types. All speaking items include Lesson Model Videos to guide students and Model Exemplar recordings for students to listen to after they submit their recordings. Every answer is recorded so that teachers can listen to the responses, rate them using the interactive speaking rubric, and provide coaching to guide student growth.

TELPAS Reading Readiness

The Connect to Literacy online TELPAS Reading and Writing program provides structured skills practice to help students become proficient readers and writers and prepare for success on the TELPAS.

With its easy-to-use interface designed for students with limited English proficiency, Connect to Literacy can be used independently by students at home or at school. Comprehensive reporting enables teachers to monitor students’ progress and provide support remotely or in person.

The Connect to Literacy Reading Course includes content differentiated at 6 grade-bands to mimic the TELPAS grade-level differentiation and provide you with an accurate predictor of TELPAS outcomes.

TELPAS Writing Readiness

Connect to Literacy guides English learners through the process of completing five practice writing activities during the fall semester that mimic the official TELPAS writing samples that will be completed in the second semester. First, students prepare using Connect to Literacy’s writing skill-building activities, mini-lessons and examples.

The Connect to Literacy Writing course includes Writing Skills and Grammar lessons covering 100% of the NEW ELAR K-12 Writing Skills TEKS. This gives teachers the lessons, practice items, and assessments to help students prepare for the TELPAS Writing samples that will be collected, while also preparing them for the NEW R/LA integrated Reading and Writing STAAR Assessment that embeds revision and editing skills into the test.

Students gain authentic practice and feedback during the fall semester writing papers using each of the six TELPAS Writing types:

  • Type 1: Basic Descriptive Writing on a Personal/Familiar Topic
  • Type 2: Writing About a Familiar Process
  • Type 3: Writing that Elicits the use of Past Tense
  • Type 4: Personal Narratives and Reflective Pieces
  • Type 5: Expository and Other Extended Writing on a Topic from Language Arts
  • Type 6: Expository or Procedural Writing from Science, Mathematics, or Social Studies

Students submit their draft and a final version of each writing type.

Teachers review the drafts and provide comments and feedback using a built-in evaluation checklist that incorporates ELPS, PLDs and specific components of the writing theme or genre. Students revise and edit their writing based on teachers’ direction within Connect to Literacy. When students submit their final draft, teachers will review and grade them using an interactive TELPAS writing rubric.

The Connect to Literacy online English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Mastery Course covers 12 areas of foundational language development to build proficiency in all four language domains.

This interactive, engaging program provides more than 23,000 grade- and language proficiency-level activities for students to learn and practice their English language skills. Used along with the Connect to Literacy Listening-Speaking and Reading-Writing programs, you can accelerate language acquisition for your English Learners and prepare them for success on TELPAS.

12 Comprehensive ELPS Mastery Course Skill Building Modules

Teachers unlock the skill building modules they want students to work on. Built for the ELPS and TEKS, students listen to words and phrases and record themselves speaking them back, practice using words such as abstract nouns, and listen to sentences and practice writing them, and much more.

Embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Several ELPS Mastery modules include embedded AI to automatically rate student pronunciation and writing skills while providing automatic feedback to students to promote self-efficacy and mastery while accelerating the learning process.

Vowel Digraphs

Distinct Sounds of English

Provide students with practice using the 44 unique sounds of English which are not part of the Spanish language.

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Phonemic Fundamentals

Reinforce the building blocks of English from consonant and vowel sounds to suffixes, prefixes and root words.

High Frequency Words Sample

High-Frequency Words

Students are introduced to grade appropriate research-based high frequency vocabulary words and practice using them.

Thinking Words Sample

Thinking Words

Students learn and practice using often overlooked words — like describe,
differentiate, interpret, and predict — that are essential to success on high-stakes tests like TELPAS and STAAR.

Cognates

Cognates

This module will help Spanish speakers gain confidence in English quickly as they learn words that look familiar and have the same meaning in their native language.

Anonyms Sample

Antonyms

Students formally learn what antonyms are and are introduced to them in word pairs through audio and visual content.

Synonyms Sample

Synonyms

Students are introduced to word pairs using both audio and visual content that have the same or similar meanings.

Homonyms Sample

Homonyms

Covering Homophones, Homographs and Homonyms, this module teaches the differences between the three types of word pairs with hundreds of examples.

Connecting Words Sample

Connecting Words

These words are necessary for students to write and speak clearly. Students will learn the different types of conjunctions and their uses.

Academic Vocabulary

Academic Vocabulary

This module provides interactive flash cards for all TEKS and STAAR academic vocabulary in core subjects from K-12.

Idioms and expressions sample

Idioms, Expressions, Adages & Puns

Students are shown a visual of the literal meaning of an expression and then a visual of the actual meaning of grade appropriate, high frequency idioms as well as common adages and puns.

Abstract Nouns Sample

Abstract Nouns

Designed for students at the Advanced or Advanced High proficiency levels, this module provides guided practice using some of the most challenging words for English learners.

Monitor Student Progress Towards Mastery

Easy-to-understand, yet data-rich, reports provide teachers with insights into students’ ongoing language growth. At-a-glance, see which proficiency level students are at, then drill down to learn in which areas students need additional practice and support.

TEA TIP Prioritized Focus Area and Essential
Action Reports

The Connect to Literacy program includes two diagnostic Listening, Speaking, and Reading benchmarks that can be administered in the fall and winter to monitor student proficiency growth and support Campus Targeted Improvement Plans (TIPs). The program also provides required reports for the Texas Education Agency and to ensure ESSA compliance.

Preview Reports

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Easy Set Up. Exceptional Support

With our streamlined on-boarding process, teachers and students can begin using our programs quickly. Once our implementation team receives your class rosters, they can have your classes completely set up within 24 hours. Our professional development team is also available year-round for web-based and on-site teacher training.

Summit K12 integrates with Clever, Classlink, Rapid Identity, Enboard, Microsoft Azure, and many other platforms for Single Sign-on (SSO). We support rostering for all platforms.

What Educators are Saying about Summit K12

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After only a few weeks working with Summit K12, I have seen a wonderful change in my students' disposition towards reading. They are more eager to become independent learners. They are using the skills, not only in their ELA classes, but also in their other core classes. The information we gathered from the pretest allowed students to have a better picture of their growth. ~ ESL Specialist, McAdams/Kranz Junior High, Dickinson ISD (TX)

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