Educational Services | English Language Development (ELD) for English Learners (K-5, 6-12)
The California Department of Education (CDE, 2010) has defined English Language Development (ELD) as instruction that is "designed to help them (English Learners, or ELs) learn and acquire English to a level of proficiency (e.g., advanced) that maximizes their capacity to engage successfully in academic studies taught in English," (p. 23). Instructional Services provides training for teachers (K-12) that focuses on the CDE's "Guidelines for ELD Instruction" (2010, p. 27).
Topics include structuring student interaction; emphasizing listening and speaking to build reading and writing; explicitly teaching English vocabulary, syntax, grammar, functions, and conventions; integrating meaning and communication; providing corrective feedback on form; implementing communication and language-learning strategies; emphasizing academic language acquisition; and basing instruction on specific language objectives. The training is 12 hours and includes principal coaching. It is customized using the district's adopted ELD curriculum and by grade level (elementary, K-5, or secondary, 6-12).