chapter  3
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Orientation

Presently, literacy is the focus of nationwide eorts to raise learning achievement of K-12 children. It is seen as a crucial factor in increasing accessibility to education, retention rates in schools, and employment in the country. However, those sections of society who are most disadvantaged are usually the rst to “fall through the cracks.” Many ELLs across the country fail to reach age-appropriate literacy levels because school systems oen fail to meet their educational needs. We have oen heard questions such as: “How can a teacher concentrate on helping the one ELL in the classroom if there are 25 other English speaking, equally needy kids clamoring for help?” or “I don’t know Spanish and my ELL doesn’t know English; how can I teach them algebra?” is section attempts to make a small inroad into suggesting ways to help ELLs’ literacy development through technology. By so doing, we hope to help ELLs raise their literacy levels and so provide them with a means to access their new country’s institutions and to facilitate their participation in this country.