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Champion of IDEAS From Ballard & Tighe Adopted by San Diego Unified School District...
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Champion of IDEAS From Ballard & Tighe Adopted by San Diego Unified School District for High School English Language Development SAN DIEGO--(Business Wire)-- Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (www.ballard-tighe.com) announced today that San Diego Unified School District has adopted Champion of IDEAS for the district high school ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Champion of IDEAS is an English Language Development (ELD) program that is comprehensive, systematic, and standards-based. San Diego USD wanted a program that would accelerate students' English language development and present lessons in a progressive manner. Champion is structured systematically and it focuses on grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary. "Champion is based on the latest linguistic research and methods that help students reach a high level of English proficiency as quickly as possible," said Mark Espinola, CEO of Ballard & Tighe. "With Champion, San Diego USD will find their students learning English faster than before and with better understanding of grammatical forms and functions." Because a student's language level is more important than his/her grade level in developing English language competency, Champion of IDEAS is organized by language proficiency level. Champion also focuses on developing vocabulary and grammar through direct grammar instruction with many opportunities for meaningful and authentic communication. This ensures that students learn English not only to communicate socially but also to achieve academic success. The complete Champion program includes all the support materials, resources, and assessments needed to inspire success while showing progress toward specific, attainable goals. The program includes a combination of non-consumable student textbooks (Champion Reader), workbooks (Champion Writer), assessments (Champion Tester), literature books, and audio materials as well as a comprehensive teacher's guide with CD-ROM resources that lays out an instructional plan based on proficiency level. Inservice training for San Diego teachers will begin this summer. About Ballard & Tighe Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (www.ballard-tighe.com) has focused on developing products for English language learners since 1976. Ballard & Tighe provides testing, instructional, and training products and services to more than 3,500 state, regional, and local school districts throughout the United States and internationally. Ballard & Tighe produces assessment products, English language development instructional materials, professional development programs, and a series of unique social studies programs designed especially for English language learners. Ballard & Tighe Traci Barnett, 800-321-4332 ext. 301 email@example.com or For Ballard & Tighe Jennifer Harrison, 916-716-0636 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008