Language LAB is a response to intervention (RTI) program for elementary school students (grades K–4) whose English language abilities fall below grade-level standards. This 15-hour (60 or 90 minutes per week), evidence-based program provides Tier II or Tier III language intervention for groups of 2–4 students. Language LAB introduces systematic, research-based instruction to students prior to making a special education referral. The language skills taught in Language LAB are consistent with state educational standards and promote strong reading skills.
Language LAB consists of five (5) learning stations—Skill Drill Station, Listen and Learn Station, Talk Aloud Station, Story Station, and Homework Connections Station. Over a 30-minute session (2–3 days per week), students rotate through all four stations. The first three stations teach specific grammar and vocabulary skills and the fourth station targets narrative skills. Language LAB also includes a Homework Connections workbook that provides homework for all of the skills.
Language LAB was piloted in three culturally diverse school districts and over 81% of the students (n=26) either exited or progressed at expected rates. The use of Language LAB aided in the early identification of students needing a referral for a possible language and/or learning disability.
Language LAB targets verbs (regular and irregular tenses), adverbs, nouns (regular and irregular plurals), adjectives, and connected speech (clauses, conjunctions, negatives, direct and indirect objects). It also includes a Story Station with scripted lessons for teaching narrative skills at three levels: kindergarten, 1–2 grade, and 3–4 grade. Students learn to use basic story grammar components to retell a story, create a story, and add “sparkle” and cohesiveness to the stories they create. During these scripted Story Station lessons, the SLP closely monitors the use of target language skills.
Language LAB RTI Program:
- Resource Guide with printable CD-ROM (for all books)
- Homework Connections Workbook
- Skill Drill Workbook
- 5 Language LAB Station Signs
- 12 Talk Aloud Cards
- 6 Audio CDs with 5000 sentences
- 90 Story Station Cards
- Five Language Screener Cards