EL Program

Who are English Learners (ELs) and how are they identified?

When family arrives in the district, one of the intake forms is Home Language Questionnaire. The questions include:

  • First language learned by student: ______      
  • Language normally used by student at  home: ______   
  • Language normally used by parents at   home: ______

If the family designates that a language other than English is spoken for any of the above questions, then they will be directed to the EL intake coordinator. At this point, an English Language Assessment is given to the student. The results are used to determine English language proficiency and appropriate services.

Identified Students

CELDT Assessment scores:

1    Beginning English speaker
2    Early Intermediate English speaker
3    Intermediate English speaker
4    Early Advanced English speaker
5    Advanced English speaker

RFEP / Redesignated, Redesignated Fluent, or English Proficient


  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

GOAL of the CELDT:

English Learners should improve 1 academic performance level each year until they are “English Proficient.”

What services are provided?

• English Language Arts for ELs

• Social Studies for ELs

• ALD (Academic Language Development) for ELs and Redesignated Students

How are students placed?

•  English Language Arts for ELs

– CELDT Level 1, 2, and 3

– This class is substituted for mainstreamed English

•  Social Studies for ELs

– CELDT Level 1, 2, and 3

– This class is substituted for mainstreamed Social Studies

•  ALD (Academic Language Development) for ELs and Redesignated Students

– CELDT 4 and 5s

– Redesignated students not meeting grade-­‐level standards OR needing additional support in Language Arts

All of these courses lead to oral and academic proficiency.

EL classes

Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE)

•     When necessary, the child’s primary language is used to clarify instruction

•      Lessons include controlled vocabulary while students gradually acquire the necessary language skills to succeed academically

•      Instruction is at level appropriate to their English language abilities

•      In science and math, students take part in the mainstream program, but are supported by primary language tutors as needed

–    Currently Primary Language Tutors are offered for CELDT level 1 & 2 students only

****EL classes replace mainstream English and Social Studies

ALD classes

Students receive instruction and support in narrative and expository reading, comprehension, essay writing, vocabulary development, and use of spoken language in the core content areas

•      Effective organization and study skills are integrated into the curriculum

•      Homework support is given

•      This class will NOT assign homework

•      This course will prepare students for success in using listening, speaking, reading, and writing in preparing for high school

•     Academic language is the language used in textbooks, in classrooms, and on tests.

–     I  is different in structure and vocabulary from the everyday spoken English of social interactions.

–     Many students who speak English well have trouble comprehending the academic language used in high school and college classrooms.

•      Students take mainstreamed English and Social Studies

***This class takes the place of one elective course