English Language Development Courses
Overcome Language Roadblocks Holding Back English Learners and LTELs
The key to unlocking proficiency is through understanding how language works and lives. Our ELD programs for middle and high school English learners are fully aligned with the most recent English language proficiency standards to keep the focus on language development. They feature:
- Age- and level-appropriate material designed specifically for secondary English learners
- Sheltered language strategies, with video, visual, and audio reinforcements to help make new concepts easier to grasp
- Culturally relevant pedagogy that reflects meaningful aspects of the learners' identities and world views
Our solutions can serve as supplemental tools, form the instructional foundation for your designated ELD time, or be used for extended learning opportunities. They are typically supported by Title III and Title I funding.
English Language Development (ELD) Level 1
ELD Level 1 is an English language development program for beginner-level ELs and Newcomers in the secondary grades. It includes standards-based online assessments and lessons, downloadable instructional routines, and a module on acculturation to support socio-emotional development.
- Provides teachers with a better understanding of each student's language gaps — all the way down to the individual skill level
- Accelerates English language proficiency progress with lessons aligned with the latest ELD standards, including WIDA, CA 2012, TEKs, and NYS Next Gen ELA
- Informs newcomer students about cultural norms, resources, and useful vocabulary to help them navigate their new school environment
English Language Development (ELD) Level 2
After completing Level 1, or based on assessment results, students can move on to ELD Level 2. This rigorous program prepares intermediate and long-term English learners (LTELs) for re-designation. Cross-curricular instruction with additional emphasis on writing helps multilingual learners improve academic performance and meet graduation requirements.
- Standards-aligned online assessments precisely identify the language issues that impede progress (particularly relevant for LTELs)
- Integrated subject matter content, from social studies, math, sciences, and language arts, are embedded in lessons to help students with academic language
- Self-recording exercises and online writing practice develop productive language skills
“The Language Tree Online program has been such an amazing resource for both myself and my students. There were multiple options when it came to learning. Students were able to work independently at their own pace. I was also able to easily check on student progress through the program.”
Ms. Mara DenBosch-Verdicchio
6th Grade ELA/History & Beginning ELD
Franklin Classical Middle School, LBUSD
HOW WE HELP ENGLISH LEARNERS SUCCEED
As the teacher, you are the pilot and our progam is the co-pilot! Use our program as often as you like to support your instruction. Our program can be used for both in-class and remote learning. Students can learn and practice anywhere using any connected device.
Standards-based online formative assessments identify specific language gaps, so you know where to focus instructional time. Summative assessments after program completion show learning growth and help indicate which skills still need to be developed.
Language & Content
Our program employs sheltered instructional strategies (SIOP & SDAIE) and integrates language instruction with subject matter content in math, science, and social studies. Multi-sensory support helps students better understand lesson input.
We provide downloadable instructional routines to support small group or whole-class instruction. Also included are printable worksheets for students to practice, sample schedules, and language notebooks.
For newcomers, we offer our American School Culture module to help build confidence, functional vocabulary, and knowledge about their new school environment.
Reporting & Tracking
Class and district-level reporting gives teachers and administrators visibility to assessment scores, student progress and where students may be falling out.