English language development (ELD) refers to the instruction designed specifically for English language learners to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.
English learners receive both integrated and designated ELD instruction at Wescove. During integrated ELD instruction, the classroom teachers incorporate strategies throughout the day to support English Learners in acquiring language skills. These are referred to as SDAIE strategies. Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies used in our classrooms may include but are not limited to: explicit teaching of vocabulary, using graphic organizers (or Thinking Maps), providing visuals, models and manipulatives, and/or providing sentence frames for writing. During designated ELD instruction, English Learners receive instruction in the CA ELD Standards focusing on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the student’s proficiency level.
ELPAC- a Language Assessment Tool
Currently, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency. It is given to students whose primary language is one other than English. California and federal law require that schools administer this state test of English language proficiency to eligible students in kindergarten—or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, also referred to as transitional kindergarten—through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and consists of two separate assessments: The Initial ELPAC, and the Summative ELPAC.
For more information about services for English Learners or how to be a part of our school’s English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), please contact the school office.