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English Language Development (ELD)

Beginning ELD

This course provides intensive English language instruction to very limited or non- English speaking students. The focus is on the acquisition of age-appropriate communication skills in English while developing fluency on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are placed in this course who score a level one or two on the CELDT.

Intermediate ELD

This course is designed for Early Intermediate and Intermediate English Language Learners. It provides students the tools and strategies they need to be successful in other content areas (ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Math). Students acquire essential English communication skills and cultural knowledge and are introduced to academic language. Students will develop oral skills and reading strategies, expand their vocabulary, and use more complex sentence patterns. Students are given opportunities to practice English grammatical patterns in both spoken and written English. Students will develop overall reading proficiency including main ideas, supporting details, summary writing and critical thinking. Activities will help students develop oral presentation skills and acquire study skills, including note-taking and summarizing skills. Students placed in this course score a level three on the CELDT.

Advanced ELD

This course is designed for the Advanced English Language Learner. It provides students the tools and strategies they need to be successful in other content areas (ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Math). Students in this class acquire sophisticated academic and communicative vocabulary, sentence structure, reading of non-fiction and fictional texts, and writing. Through quality interactive instruction and activities, a print-rich environment, and speaking experiences, students will continue to solidify cognitive academic language proficiency in all four skill areas. Students will be introduced to additional expository and narrative writing genres, including full research reports and reflective essays. Students read non-fictional and fictional texts of demanding length and complexity in various genres to prepare them for reclassification. Students who qualify for this course score a four or five on the CELDT.