Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — There's no question about it: bilingual education is a hot-button issue. In California, public school instruction is mostly restricted to English, while in Texas, bilingual education is mandatory. Despite the many opinions, the facts remain the same: there are 4.4 million English Language Learners (ELLs) in American schools, and that number isn't getting any smaller. Shmoop University (http://www.shmoop.com), a digital publisher aiming to make learning fun, is expanding its materials en español to help these students and their teachers achieve their goals—or their metas, as the case may be.
"We don't expect everyone to agree on the future of bilingual education," says Ellen Siminoff, President and CEO of Shmoop. "Our goal is to provide the breadth and depth of resources necessary for any English Language Learner to succeed."
Sure enough, Shmoop's resources cover all the bases. To help ELLs prepare for the always-dreaded standardized tests, Shmoop offers premium test prep in Spanish for the SAT® and ACT® exams, the GED® test, and the CAHSEE, as well as English-language Texas EOC prep, with discounts available for schools and districts. They also have loads of free resources: English-Spanish flashcard sets to facilitate bilingual fluency; a guide describing the differences between English and Spanish grammar, idioms, and more; and Why’s This Funny?, clickable “pins” that explain Shmoop's jokes, pop culture references, and idioms.
Shmoop's page for English Language Learners organizes these and other materials, including hundreds of Spanish-language and subtitled videos, as well as literature guides that incorporate Shmoop's trademark humor. In the coming months, Shmoop will continue to provide more teacher support along with more literature guides for books commonly assigned in AP® Spanish Literature and Culture classes. Step aside, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Poe: Borges, Allende, and Neruda are about to come onto the scene.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.
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