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English Language Development (ELD) is a required component of all language instruction educational programs (LIEPs). ELD takes place daily throughout the day for ELs and is delivered by both ESL teachers and non-ESL teachers. ELD must be incorporated into all classes taught by non-ESL licensed teachers in which ELs are enrolled. These teachers are responsible for deliberately planning and incorporating language instruction as well as supports, modifications, and accommodations needed to allow ELs to access the standards to which the course is aligned. Tools for planning instruction for ELs are provided below.
EL Overlay -
- Developed by PDE on the SAS portal, these are overlays for English Language Arts and Mathematics standards designed to assist educators in developing instructional units, lessons, or activities that are meaningful and comprehensible for English language learners.
On Writing Language Objectives -
Article: Language Objectives- The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners
- A how-to article to assist in the process of creating language objectives
ELD Standards -
PA ELD Standards
- English Language Development Standards comply with federal requirements for standards-based instructional and assessment planning for ELs. Standards focus on social and instructional language, including productive and receptive language skills.
Classroom Accommodations by Proficiency level -
Classroom Accommodations by Proficiency Level
- Use this link to view examples of accommodations in the classroom broken down by student proficiency level.
Ideas and Examples for Assessing English Learners -
Assessing English Learners
- Click on document for specific examples in multiple content areas of ways to assess ELs based on proficiency level; document provided by Christina Oscodol
WIDA Can-Do BookletsCan Do Descriptors Grades 3-5Can Do Descriptors Grades 6-8
- These documents will give you examples of what English Learners at each proficiency level can be expected to do in your class in terms of speaking, listening, reading, and writing at their level. They are not content-specific, but language-specific. For a similar document that includes content area examples, visit the PA ELD Standards link above.
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