What are the key differences between teaching ELD and teaching Reading to ELs?

February 5, 2009 at 3:04 am 8 comments

Why do we even have to have ELD classes? It seems you could just integrate EL strategies into your English Reading classes and “kill 2 birds with one stone”.


Entry filed under: ELD.

What is ELD? English Learner Bill of Rights

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  • 1. Jailaygne Mayweather  |  February 18, 2009 at 12:19 am

    How can you know something but really don’t know it? Like your teacher gives you a pop quiz and you don’t know all the answers but you guess and get it right, why is that?

  • 2. Jailaygne Mayweather  |  February 18, 2009 at 12:20 am

    What are you suppose to be asking questions about?

    • 3. Jesus Cervantes  |  February 18, 2009 at 5:43 am

      This blog is set-up so people can talk about issues related to English Learners in Education. Instruction, attitudes, and materials affecting English Learners are some of the types of questions that can be asked.

  • 4. Jailaygne Mayweather  |  February 18, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Why is this set up why do people use this site I haven’t used it before so I don’t know what is going on.

  • 5. Matt Casey  |  February 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Hello J Mayweather,

    I’m new to blogging too. I think what Pearson wants us to do is answer the main question based on our teaching experiences and to offer insights and more questions if we have them. Hopefully, this will become a community of sorts where we can share ideas and learn from each other about the issues we face in our classrooms related to ELs. Looking forward to meeting you sometime.

  • 6. Jesus Cervantes  |  February 22, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Matt, you are absolutely right! We want to build a community where ideas, issues, comments, information are shared and exchanged. This is an exciting endeavor for us. We are going to be launching our EL Bill of Rights at the CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) Conference this week (Feb. 25-28). I will be at CABE in Long Beach in the Pearson booth. To anyone who reads this blog, come say hello!!

  • 7. Katje Lehrman  |  April 21, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Knowing that there is an achievement gap between our EL’s and our ELD’s, a better question is this:
    Why aren’t we giving our EL’s the ELD instruction?
    It seems that having providing all students instruction that provides systematic language development focusing on speaking and writing would benefit everyone.
    AEMP has some terrific strategies and I find integrating them with Into English’s Task Based Learning is very effective for my ELD’s.

  • 8. Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes  |  May 26, 2009 at 3:33 am

    English Learners need to learn about the English language. That is what ELD instruction is all about. It is difficult to learn about English in a class that is designed to teach English to students who already know English.

    English Language Arts provides the content of the instruction while ELD provides the developmental approach to learning English.

    So, the ideal is to connect the two. Language Central provides explicit and systematic instruction in ELD that support the skills taught in Reading Street and Calle de La Lectura.

    Finally – there is a program that connects ELA – ELD and
    Primary Language instruction!


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