CALIFORNIA ELD STANDARDS
Why Language is the Driver
At Language Tree Online, we firmly believe that “language is the driver and content is the passenger." While acquiring vocabulary and reading (content) skills are important, they should not be the sole or even the main focus of your ELD instruction.
Without a good understanding of how language is applied or how it works, English learners are missing the foundational support needed to achieve full proficiency. Given that the summative ELPAC is designed to assess language skills, it is not surprising that English learners are struggling to achieve redesignation even after many years of ELD study.
When evaluating resources for your English learners, one critical element to examine is how well the materials align with current California ELD standards.
How We Align with CA 2012 Standards
The Language Tree Online ELD programs use the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This approach offers flexibility in the ways that students can access, engage with, and demonstrate knowledge of material. Our lessons and assessments cover the entire breadth and depth of the CA 2012 ELD standards - including all the multiple language skills and functions for each individual standard.
Review our scope and sequence to see how our lessons align with the CA 2012 ELD standards.
Figure A : Our ELD programs are in lock-step with the California ELD Standards.
Age and Level-Appropriate ELD Curriculum
Our standard-based ELD curriculum focuses specifically on the needs of English learners in grades 6-12. It presents realistic peer-to-peer interactions and topics that are developmentally appropriate for this age group.
We offer comprehensive programs and resources for English learners which address language development expectations along the continuum of the Newcomer/Emerging and Expanding levels.
What is Designated ELD ?
Watch this video featuring David Noyes, Language Tree Online lead curriculum developer and a National Board-certified English Language Development Coach. You’ll learn:
- What “designated ELD” means
- How the CA 2012 ELD standards fit into this instruction
- Why is this time important?
- How the Language Tree Online program works with designated ELD