Your students will all likely be at very different stages of English language mastery. LiteracyPlanet’s Diagnostic Tools are designed to help teachers better understand the level of each individual student and provides a pathway for the best course of action.
Running a Diagnostic Test
- Open the Teacher account.
- From the Dashboard, select the button ‘My Students’.
- On the right hand side, select any student’s black, cogged wheel and dropdown.
- Select ‘Launch Diagnostic Tool’
- You should then see the four tools of: Pre-reading, Phonics, Sight Words, Spelling.
Assign an exercise to your student. Here it can be helpful for a teacher or assistant to sit alongside the student as the commence the exercise, but once they understand what is being asked it will be straightforward.
If the learner has no English experience, start with the Pre-Reading exercises. These exercises help build confidence in students, help familiarise students with LiteracyPlanet and only take a minute or two to complete.
If a student successfully passes an exercise the system will automatically assign them the next exercise. Once they reach a satisfactory standard to be able to start on the full program, the teacher can start assigning tasks and guiding the student on their learning path. The ultimate aim here is to accelerate the student’s understanding of English: written, spoken and read.
When you’re ready to assess a student’s progress, click on Diagnostic Report and you’ll get a running report on every exercise they’ve completed. This gives you a real sense of how they’re progressing with the exercises.
Once you feel they’re ready, have the student to take the diagnostic test again. Once a student has a measure of reading skill, assign a Comprehension exercise. These exercise gives a reader the opportunity to read a story at their own pace and have it played back. Questions will follow. Students will also have the ability to click on the speaker icon and hear any difficult word read out loud.
Students should be encouraged to attempt to read and listen to short stories in the Student Mode. Listening will help them to hear the intonation as well as understand and enjoy the story. Here is where you will start to notice real progress.
Schools where English is a Second Language for all
In schools where few teachers and/or students speak, read and write fluently in English, LiteracyPlanet can be a great help in the acquisition of English.
Many teachers for whom English is a second language will benefit from using their own Student Mode (or as themselves set up as a student) every day. They will find using and listening to the voiceover will give them increasing confidence.
Again, the Diagnostics program should be used as a starter for every lesson.
However, you should not limit the learners their own access to the program. If they voluntarily do extra work, it shows that they are both enjoying and benefiting from the program.
LiteracyPlanet for ESL FAQs
1. How often should you use LiteracyPlanet?
It all depends on the feedback you are getting from your group(s). Normally, we would recommend once or twice a week in class, plus an extra exercise assigned as part of their homework.
2. Where can I get more help from LiteracyPlanet as a teacher?
In your LiteracyPlanet teacher account, go to the button HELP. There, you will be able to search for whatever you are looking for. If you need personal guidance, go to HELP and click on ‘Videos and Webinars’ to contact LiteracyPlanet directly.
3. Can the program be used with adults?
Yes, it certainly can. However, it should be used with discretion!
Professionals looking for a fast-track introduction to English would be better served by a program more adult in content. If they can learn alongside their children, the sense of understanding is accelerated.
4. How long should the Diagnostics program be used?
There is no reason why the Diagnostic testing should not be continued all the time the learner is self-motivated and obviously benefiting from its exercises. In the Spelling exercises, for example, the later levels are challenging even for educated adults. However, Phonics should be used only until the learner reaches around 3rd grade levels in literacy.
5. Can Diagnostics in Phonics be used in conjunction with other Phonics programs?
Using more than one method can cause confusion.
Our recommendation is not to try to mix methods with the same group of learners.