English Language Learners

Adapt Instruction, Not Curriculum to Support English Language Learners

The English Language Learner (ELL) / English as a Second Language (ESL) student population is the fastest growing student sub-group in the American educational system. ELL students face two challenges: learning a new language while simultaneously encountering unfamiliar academic material. Kurzweil Educational Systems®, the pioneer in text-to-speech and assistive technology presents Kurzweil 3000®-firefly, an award winning integrated literacy software, providing powerful reading, writing, study skill and test-taking support for English Language Learners from elementary students to adults.

For ELL instructors or content-area educators tasked with English language sheltered instruction, Kurzweil 3000-firefly offers an effective solution to help ELL students gain the language fluency and proficiency needed to learn and achieve in an English language environment.

Anchored in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and highly customizable, Kurzweil 3000-firefly can be used to tailor an individualized program as well as in a regular classroom to support ELL students.

Curriculum-independent, Kurzweil 3000-firefly can be used with any class curriculum; and later at the college level for academic coursework or for leisure or professional work.

Multisensory approach offers students multiple ways, visual and auditory, to learn material.

Portable, anytime, anywhere access to content and powerful literacy tools enables students to learn and work at their own pace, while inside or outside class.

Other key features include:
  • Access to reading materials: All major digital file formats, online text, and scanned print materials are accessible through Kurzweil 3000-firefly. English learners can access more advanced material while improving word recognition as they continue to learn grade-level material.
  • Language learning: Audible dictionaries are provided for English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian, and picture dictionary support provide instant reinforcement, while integration with Google™ Translate allows translation "on the fly." Word lists reinforce comprehension, increase vocabulary, and build language skills.
  • Writing: A talking word processor, auditory spell check, bilingual dictionary, and thesaurus build lifelong writing skills.
  • Speaking: Students can practice their English fluency by recording themselves reading.
  • Listening: Text is highlighted as it is read aloud to allow for visual tracking and can be repeated as many times as necessary to facilitate learning.
  • Test-taking: Tools provided in Kurzweil 3000 allow the assessment of content knowledge without the penalty for the inability to read English proficiently.
  • Study skills: Highlighters, outline tools, and a variety of note formats improve comprehension and the ability to perform academic research.

Learn More About

Kurzweil 3000-firefly, firefly for the Web, or firefly iPad app

Kurzweil 3000-firefly sheltered instruction support

Research that supports the use of Kurzweil 3000-firefly in ELL classrooms.

How to use Kurzweil 3000-firefly as a technology solution for higher education