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LAS Links Instructional Guidance lesson plans make it easy for you to connect test results with the most appropriate instruction for each student. Content and activities are targeted to specific core academic subjects as well as grade and proficiency levels while the Observational Checklist and Writing Rubrics help you monitor student progress with ease.

Subject Area and Grades

  • English Language Proficiency
    (Grades K–12)

Binder Contents

  • 32 teaching activities and strategies for each grade level
  • Standards framework
  • Reproducible student worksheets
  • Answer keys to student activities

Standards Alignment

  • Aligned with Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as well as state English proficiency standards
 
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LAS Links Instructional Guidance lesson plans make it easy for educators to provide appropriate instruction for each student following English language proficiency assessment.

LAS Links Instructional Guidance is part of our comprehensive model for helping language learners at every stage of the learning process:

The LAS Links Continuum of Effective Measurement

Enhance effectiveness of English language instruction with standards–based activities

Build student confidence with targeted lessons

Las Links Instructional Guidance lesson plans make it easy for you to connect test results with the most appropriate instruction for each student. Content and activities targeted to specific core academic subjects as well as grade and proficiency levels help your students gain confidence as they progress step–by–step. The Observational Checklist and Writing Rubrics help you monitor student progress with ease.

Ease–of–use means more time to focus on instruction

For each of the five LAS Links grade spans, a convenient binder is available that keeps all the tools you need in one place, including:

  • 32 teaching activities and strategies
  • Standards framework
  • Reproducible student worksheets
  • Answer keys to student activities

Activities and strategies are organized by proficiency level and sub-skill. Each lesson shows specific standards covered in that lesson. An online version is at your fingertips when you purchase the LAS Links Report Pack.

Test–oriented tasks

A test–oriented task scaffolds English Language Learners (ELL) for success in a real-life language proficiency environment. These tasks are not meant to mimic authentic test environments, but instead help students apply strategies for taking tests, such as active listening. Teaching students how to listen to verbal instructions can be applied when the child has to listen to test instructions read by a Test Examiner.

Context–oriented tasks

A context–oriented task scaffolds ELL for success in academic classrooms. They not only mimic the language and content, but utilize ESL methodologies and practices in the lessons. Students participate in activities such as "story retelling," giving them the practice and confidence to repeat these skills in the classroom while building broader skills to use outside the classroom and in testing situations.

Lessons classified by student proficiency

This provides teachers with lessons that go beyond mere grade appropriate and content specific instruction. Teachers can use lessons that they can be confident are also appropriate for the level of English proficiency each student possesses.

Link assessment and instruction

Once students have been identified at their appropriate level of English proficiency using LAS Links or another English language proficiency assessment, teachers can tailor instruction to meet the needs of every student using the LAS Links Instructional Guidance materials.

Tailor to students' needs

With LAS Links standards–based lessons, teachers can design lesson plans that target instruction to match students' needs as indicated by test results. Materials cover the four NCLB domains of Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

Enhance teaching and learning

LAS Links lesson plans are skill-based, built on both content– and test–oriented tasks. The materials are grade–level appropriate, tailored to proficiency level and skills, and include the academic language English learners need to succeed in mainstream, content-area classrooms.

LAS Links Instructional Guidance lesson plans align with national TESOL and state English proficiency standards.

Sample lesson plans:

 

LessonContent FocusProficiency Level
Grades K–1: A Fan Letter
[332K PDF File]
Reading/Language ArtsIntermediate to Proficient
Grades K–1: Where is Snuggles?
[1MB PDF File]
Reading/Language ArtsIntermediate to Proficient
Grades 2–3: A Funny Day
[292K PDF File]
Reading/Language ArtsIntermediate to Proficient
Grades 2–3: Yankee Doodle Dandy
[460K PDF File]
Social StudiesEarly Intermediate to Intermediate
Grades 4–5: A Tall Tale
[336K PDF File]
Reading/Language ArtsIntermediate to Proficient
Grades 4–5: Why We Have Winter and Spring
[896K PDF File]
Reading/Language ArtsIntermediate to Proficient
Grades 6–8: Almost by Accident
[392K PDF]
Science/Reading/Language ArtsEarly Intermediate to Intermediate
Grades 6–8: Visit a National Park
[344K PDF File]
Social Studies/Reading/Language ArtsBeginning to Early Intermediate
Grades 9–12: Adventures in Writing
[240K PDF File]
Reading/Language ArtsProficient to Above Proficient
Grades 9–12: Women's Voting Rights
[288K PDF File]
Social Studies/Reading/Language ArtsIntermediate to Proficient

 

The Instructional Guidance binders consist of the following information and tools:

Overview

  • English Language Learners (ELL) methodology and theory
  • User tips
  • Assessment tools
  • References

Items Illustrating Standards

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Teaching Activities

  • Introduction
  • Lesson Index
  • Standards
  • Proficiency Levels
  • Sample Lessons

Scoring Tools

  • Answer keys
  • Proofreading checklists
  • Writing rubric

     

LAS Links Instructional Guidance Resources

Featured Article

LAS Links can be used for English language development and progress monitoring by using a combination of the LAS Links assessments. Depending on program need and intent, LAS Links provides schools and districts with the option of measuring student progress up to five times per year.

Customer Story - Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista, California

Sweetwater Union High School District implements LAS Links® in its English Language Development (ELD) courses to measure English learners' (EL's) progress and inform instructional decisions. Using the integrated suite of English language proficiency assessments from CTB/McGraw-Hill, the district reports improved student performance across all language domains and ELD levels. In addition, in 2010, the EL subgroup at every middle and high school achieved at least double its Academic Performance Index (API) target, surpassing state averages and the performance of comparable school districts in San Diego County.

 

LAS Links Product Overview

Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript

LAS Links Product Overview Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript Issues in Assessing the English Proficiency and Academic Achievement of English Language Learners Presentation by Lyle F. Bachman, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Validity of Accommodations for English Language Learners Presentation by Jamal Adebi, University of California, Davis/CRESST UCLA. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Friday, February 25, 2011. Colorado Webinar on reaching ELL students through Acuity and LAS Links CTB experts discuss the rise in ELL students in Colorado and how a combination of Acuity and LAS Links can address the core tracks of English Language Development and Academic Achievement. While this video focuses on Colorado data, much of the information is applicable to other states. Assessing ELLs Online: Are They Ready to Meet the Language Demand from Common Core?

Huan Wang, Ph.D. Research Scientist, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar will present and discuss:
• Defining language demand
• Digital literacy and the challenges ELL students face
• Designing a language assessment task
• Machine scoring and general considerations

Online Technology for ELL Assessment

Changhua Sun Rich, Ph.D. Research Director, Asia CTB/McGraw-Hill
This on-demand webinar introduces the English Online System™ (EOS) and LAS Links Online™. EOS is a formative online proficiency assessment with artificial intelligence currently being utilized in China. EOS helps set the foundation for the development of LAS Links Online, which is now available in the United States to accurately assess English language proficiency for all four domains for Grades 2–12 using a secure, robust, online testing platform.

Assessing Language Proficiency Skills of English Language Learners (ELLs) in an Online Environment

Genevieve Olvera, MBA, ELL Solutions Manager Strategic Accounts, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar sponsored by The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and CTB discusses innovations and technology advancements in online assessments for ELL students.

Session 6: Assessing the Common Core State Standards in Writing, Listening, and Speaking in the Next Generation of State Assessments The sixth in the webinar series Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessment Programs. Presented on November 15, 2010.

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Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript

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Presentation by Lyle F. Bachman, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Watch Video

Presentation by Jamal Adebi, University of California, Davis/CRESST UCLA. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Friday, February 25, 2011.

Watch Video

CTB experts discuss the rise in ELL students in Colorado and how a combination of Acuity and LAS Links can address the core tracks of English Language Development and Academic Achievement. While this video focuses on Colorado data, much of the information is applicable to other states.

Watch Video

Huan Wang, Ph.D. Research Scientist, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar will present and discuss:
• Defining language demand
• Digital literacy and the challenges ELL students face
• Designing a language assessment task
• Machine scoring and general considerations

Watch Video

Changhua Sun Rich, Ph.D. Research Director, Asia CTB/McGraw-Hill
This on-demand webinar introduces the English Online System™ (EOS) and LAS Links Online™. EOS is a formative online proficiency assessment with artificial intelligence currently being utilized in China. EOS helps set the foundation for the development of LAS Links Online, which is now available in the United States to accurately assess English language proficiency for all four domains for Grades 2–12 using a secure, robust, online testing platform.

Watch Video

Genevieve Olvera, MBA, ELL Solutions Manager Strategic Accounts, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar sponsored by The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and CTB discusses innovations and technology advancements in online assessments for ELL students.

Watch Video

The sixth in the webinar series Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessment Programs. Presented on November 15, 2010.

Watch Video