Accelerated Reader and English Language Learners

In Accelerated Reader, quizzes are available in both English and Spanish. If a student reads a book in English, she takes the English-language quiz. If she reads it in Spanish, she takes the Spanish-language quiz. (On the Record Book, Manage Books, and quiz pages and on reports, the abbreviation EN is used to indicate English quizzes, and SP is used to indicate Spanish quizzes.)

Best practices for English language learners are generally the same as for native speakers. However, keep in mind that English language learners who communicate well in English during everyday conversations may not have the same level of proficiency with text. Even if a student is a good decoder, his English vocabulary may be smaller (by thousands of words) than that of a native speaker. Thus, his comprehension may fluctuate, depending on a book's subject matter. Be sure to provide instruction and support with English language learning as well as reading.

Additional suggestions:

  • If the student's average percentage correct score is below 85% for Accelerated Reader quizzes, help the student find books on subjects that the student is familiar with so the vocabulary load is not too heavy.
  • If the student is not meeting his or her points goal, adjust the goal to meet the student's lower reading pace.