What is ELD?

January 31, 2009 at 12:04 am 4 comments

I’m looking for peoples definition of ELD.


Entry filed under: ELD.

Hello and welcome to the Pearson EL blog for California!! What are the key differences between teaching ELD and teaching Reading to ELs?

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JorgeCuevasAntillon  |  February 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Since the Lau court decision (1974), public schools must provide some kind of linguistically-appropriate accommodations for English Learners other than just mainstream instruction. ELD is a dedicated block of time where students who are new to English are provided instruction about the English language at their level of proficiency according to state standards. Often schools will offer ELD-standards based instruction during a portion of the day coupled with linguistic accommodations of other subjects to allow access to novice speakers of English.

    Typically, state standards about ELD refer to features of language that native speakers take for granted, such as expressions of greeting and courtesy, producing a sentence with the correct order of words, plural endings of words, using the right preposition, etc. Because reading/language arts are considered the mastery level of a language, often ELD standards are aligned to ELA (English Language Arts) standards. Although ELD and ELA should be interconnected, ELD has unique features (such as bridging between a student’s native set of phonemes to those in English) to merit the instruction of ELD as a dedicated part of an English Learner’s instructional day.

  • 2. Jesus Cervantes  |  February 5, 2009 at 3:13 am

    What is the easiest or most effective way to distinguish ELD instruction from ELA instruction?

  • 3. Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes  |  February 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    English Language Arts (ELA) provide the content of the instruction,
    English Language Development (ELD) instruction takes into account the developmental, differentiated and scaffolded instruction appropriate at each level of language acquisition
    to meet the ELA standards.

  • 4. William Woody  |  March 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

    It is my firm conviction that ALL children absolutely need a block of time dedicated to the development of STANDARD AMERICAN English. This means that not only, or even primarily Second Language Learners, but all students need experiences in English Language Development.


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