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Ballard & Tighe, Publishers Launches New Educational Video Game, Word Raider: Escape   By PRWEB

Brea, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2013

Mastering academic vocabulary is a key factor in preparing students for state exams and is an important step towards college readiness. Ballard & Tighe, Publishers, a leader in instructional and assessment materials for English language learners, today announced the launch of Word Raider: Escape, a new online academic vocabulary game that blends rigorous vocabulary instruction with engaging modern-day game design for students in grades 2-5.

Academic vocabulary has been identified as a major factor underlining the achievement gap between English language learners (ELLs) and native English speakers. A recent report published by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that ELLs scored lower in vocabulary than other student groups.

In Word Raider: Escape, we wanted to develop a tool that addresses the importance of learning academic vocabulary, but also engages students in a meaningful way, said Mark Espinola, CEO of Ballard & Tighe, Publishers. We turned our attention to game-based learning for its ability to engage students, and teach word meaning through visual, sensory and interactive scaffolds that are key to long-term retention.