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Multilingual Academic Support for English Language Learners

October 13, 2020

Online tutoring for core subjects includes coverage in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

Paper is proud to expand unlimited tutoring support in English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

Multilingual tutors are available across several subjects, including Math, Science, History, and English, so that students can get help in their native tongue.

English Language Learners (ELLs), a diverse group making up nearly 5 million of the K-12 student population in the US, face the layered challenge of acquiring a new language while learning core academic subjects.

Meeting their academic needs is one of the biggest challenges facing US educators this year, as disproportionalities in pandemic-induced learning losses are exacerbating existing achievement gaps between ELLs and non-ELLs.

With the enhanced features on Paper’s platform, students who are more comfortable getting academic support for Math, Science, History, and English in their native tongue can pre-set their language preferences. By doing so, Paper automatically pairs students with tutors that can help them in their preferred language.

“This is providing a service to our English Learners, and our recently reclassified English Learners. It is required we increase and improve services for our unduplicated students through our LCAP and our LCP, and this is one of the steps we’re taking to increase and improve services for a specific sub-group of students,” stated Blaise DiGoralmo, Chief Academic Officer of Carmel Unified School District, CA, in a recent board meeting discussing their adoption of Paper to support the district’s ELLs.

The nice thing is you can get tutoring in both English and Spanish, which is really valuable if you have a Spanish-speaking parent. The Spanish-speaking parent can go in with the kid when they’re at home.

"They can ask questions in Spanish; that parent can help them in Spanish even if the kid’s doing this stuff in English. They can have that interaction, so it does provide access for those parents as well to the tutors with their child."

Paper's CEO Philip Cutler said, “our mission is to make education more accessible and equitable for all students. Since the beginning, we have strived to meet students where they are: support is available 24/7, for any subject, without any time limits on sessions. Augmenting our platform to allow ELLs to seek help in their preferred language easily is just the latest in our ongoing efforts towards true equity.”

With students being able to receive live help in their preferred language across core subjects, Paper serves as a comfortable, safe, and secure learning environment that helps students feel more confident in their school work.

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Paper partners with school districts to deliver 1:1 tutoring that is equitable, scalable, and cost-effective. Students get unlimited 24/7 live help and writing feedback, teachers get insights to tackle individual learning gaps, and administrators get actionable data to inform strategic decisions. Paper’s multilingual tutors add an extra layer of support across all content areas and grade levels, in and out of the classroom—so students always have access to expert help exactly when, where, and how they need it.

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