What is unique about Speak Agent?
Speak Agent builds an interactive program for learning academic language in any K-12 content area based on your curriculum. You control the scope, sequence, and pacing. It fits right into daily classwork.
What is "academic language?"
"Academic language" is the language of formal instruction in STEM, language arts, social studies, etc. It is the #1 predictor of K-12 success. It includes vocabulary, connecting words/phrases, grammar, and syntax.
Which students benefit from Speak Agent?
Any K-12 student with a deficit in academic language, especially ELL / LEP, will benefit.
How do students learn academic language using Speak Agent?
Students learn using the Academic Language Learning Model (ALLM), developed by our team of former ELL teachers together with experts at WestEd and Teachers College, Columbia University. ALLM uses interactive games, stories, activities, and videos to build academic language in three progressive stages: (1) familiarity, (2) comprehension, and (3) application. Students learn using a computer, Chromebook tablet, or whiteboard. Speak Agent supports individual, paired, small group, and whole class learning.
Is it research-based?
Yes! A National Science Foundation study found that Speak Agent accelerated academic language learning in elementary science by up to 5X over standard instruction with an average of 6 hours of use. You can learn more about the study and ALLM at speakagent.com/research. Three additional follow-up studies are underway.
Is it dual-language?
Yes! Your tailor-made interactive program can support Spanish and other languages.
How is content developed?
With a starter package, your Speak Agent deployment team creates a content blueprint based on your curriculum materials. Then we analyze the materials and develop tailored content that will work with our game templates. We package the interactive content into digital lessons that align with your units of study. We can have your first unit ready to go within one week! Contact us for a demo.
What technology do I need?
Speak Agent is a responsive web app that runs in a browser on a computer, Chromebook, tablet, or an interactive whiteboard with an internet connection. There is no need to install any software or plug-ins. Read our detailed tech specs here (PDF) or forward it to your IT department.
What does it cost?
How do I get help?
Visit our Help page here. Also, our starter package includes professional development. Since Speak Agent is a cinch to learn, our courses take a deeper dive into how the program supports academic language acquisition and how to assess progress.
Which ESL/ESOL program models do you support?
Dual-language, pull-out, plug-in (aka push-in), sheltered instruction, bilingual early and late exits, newcomer, afterschool, summer programs, remote / virtual — just about any type of program!
Are you accessible for students with special needs?
Yes! Speak Agent includes numerous accessibility features for learners with low visual acuity, color-blindness, fine motor control challenges, cognitive disorders, and hearing impairment. Please visit our accessibility page for detailed information.
Can I personalize instruction with Speak Agent?
Yes! You can rapidly tailor lessons for individual or group needs. A student can move through his or her own interest-driven learning path at his or her own pace.
How long should I use Speak Agent?
We recommend using it year-round for 30 to 60 minutes per week. It’s flexible to support sessions as short as 10 minutes or as long as the entire class period.