English Language Development (ELD) is a systematic instructional model designed to develop the English language proficiency of English learners (i.e., students who speak English as a second language). ELD instruction emphasizes the development of all four language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Effective ELD programs include the following components:
- Phonology: the sound system of English
- Morphology: the forms and formation of words, including prefixes, affixes, suffixes, root words, inflections, etc.
- Syntax: the structure of language, including the rules that govern phrases and sentences
- Semantics: the meaning of language,including vocabulary and academic language
- Language functions: the purposes of languages
- Pragmatics: situational appropriateness of language use
During the ELD instructional block, instruction is differentiated in order to meet the needs of students who are at various levels of English language development. There are five different English proficiency levels within the second language development continuum: beginning, early intermediate, intermediate, early advanced, and advanced. Instructional techniques and language development expectations will vary depending upon each student's particular needs as well as their respective English proficiency levels.
ELD I/II: Beginning, 3 hours of intensive English Language Development
ELD III/Reading Intervention: Early Intermediate/Intermediate, 2 hours of intensive reading intervention
ELD IV or/English + English Support: Intermediate/Early Advanced, 2 hours of English, 1 hour of English support
ELD V: English, 1 hour
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Assistant Principal and ELD Site-Director:
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