English Learner Program
California’s commitment to English Language Learners states, “The adoption of the California Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and the California English Language Development Standards ensure that all students receive an education that will enable them to acquire strong literacy and language skills in every content area.” Lompoc Unified School District is dedicated to that commitment. The following English Language Support Programs and assessments are applied in all classrooms grades K – 12th to confirm that all English Language Learners acquire the development of content knowledge and advanced levels of English.
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by law to be assessed in English language proficiency (ELP). In California the ELP assessment is the CELDT. The purposes of the CELDT are the following:
· To identify students who are limited English proficient (LEP).
· To determine the level of English language proficiency of LEP students. (Levels: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, Advanced)
· To assess the progress of LEP students in acquiring the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in English, and plan to advance students to the next level of proficiency.
· Advance Students to Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP).
· Identify a student’s instructional level for Systematic ELD Instruction.
· Understand a student’s language abilities for differentiated instruction.
· Monitor student progress in English proficiency in order to advance students to the next level.
· Inform planning for integrated ELD instruction into all academic content areas.
Systematic ELD - Designated ELD Instruction K – 6th grade
Systematic ELD is a comprehensive approach used for developing English proficiency to ensure the academic achievement of English learners. It includes daily explicit language instruction in every classroom to support content learning and grade-level academic work. Systematic ELD is a dedicated instructional block of time, not during core instruction, determined by students’ assessed CELDT English proficiency level. Systematic ELD builds a solid foundation in English by teaching language that English learners:
· Are not likely to learn outside of school or efficiently pick up on their own.
· Will not explicitly obtain in other subject areas.
· Need to use for effective academic learning, classroom participation, and real-life purposes.
Students work with a highly qualified ELD teacher. Schools accelerate the acquisition of academic language by providing a comprehensive support system, where students receive specialized, comprehensive English language instruction.
Integrated ELD Instruction
ELD instruction throughout the day is integrated into all content areas. All teachers use the CA ELD Standards in addition to the CA Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and other content standards to support their ELs’ linguistic and academic progress through support from ELD Program instruction. EL learners are engaged in classroom activities that advance their skills listening, reading, analyzing, interpreting, discussing through participation in a variety of literary language experiences to help prepare them for college and career.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s classroom English Language Support Program please contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for your home involvement and dedication to further your child’s development of their English Language proficiency skills and academic achievement.
What does Integrated ELD look like?
All Content lessons include:
Focus on language structures and functions
Opportunities for oral practice
Build language proficiency within lessons
Set language goals for lessons
Provide extended language interactions
Have an academic English focus within lessons
What does Designated ELD look like?
Explicit language instruction at student’s English proficient level
Content learning support with language functions and grammatical forms for speaking, listening, reading and writing
Building a solid foundation in English
Instruction related to classroom academic content and real life purposes
Opportunities for oral practice and collaborative conversations
For more information, please contact your school principal or Lynn Rosenberry, Program Coordinator, at (805) 742-3240.