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What is English Language Development?

What is English Language Development?

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. It is customized using the district’s adopted ELD curriculum and by grade level (elementary, K-5, or secondary, 6-12).
Designated and Integrated English Language Development

Designated and Integrated English Language Development

"English learners (ELs) face the unique challenge of learning English as they are also learning grade-level content through English. The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) recognize that both designated and integrated English Language Development (ELD) is an integral part of a comprehensive program for every EL student to meet the linguistic and academic goals at their grade level. The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance for instruction and additional resources.

As a comprehensive approach to ELD, the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework for California Public Schools states:

ELs at all English proficiency levels and at all ages require both integrated ELD and specialized attention to their particular language learning needs, or designated ELD. (p. 119)"

Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction


District Plan for English Learners:
California Standards:
Common Core State Standards in ELA for K-12
Content standards were designed to define the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.
CA English Learner Roadmap-Visior to support English Learners into 21st Century
Other Resources:
Support Real Teachers-Strategies for teaching EL's
Cooperative Learning Strategies
Colorin Colorado  (English/Spanish)