ELD - English Language Development

ELD - English Language Development

The purpose of systematic English Language Development (ELD) is to develop a solid English language foundation. The content of ELD follows scope and sequence of language skills in functional contexts. It is a state-mandated program based on English language proficiency (ELP) levels. ELD is a separate graded class in which students are grouped by proficiency levels. ELD is assessed using the statewide ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment). ELD is usually delivered by an endorsed ESOL teacher. However, there are times when a classroom teacher, trained in ELD, can be expected to teach the subject.

Adopted ELD Curriculum Materials:

Writing in an ELD Classroom (Job-Alike Meeting - March 29, 2010)

ELD Writing Instructional Framework   Integrating the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) is crucial to developing effective writing for LEP students.  If LEP students are to become successful users of English, their integrated/instructional program must include numerous opportunities to develop writing skills. Language functions and target forms will be taught to all LEP students regardless of grade or proficiency level. Refer to Oregon ELP Standards. 

PPS Writing Resources   (includes Writing to Learn Strategies). Teachers may select and use these strategies as it applies to ELLs' grade, proficiency level, and use of instructional materials.

Modes of Writing for ELLs   Teachers may focus on a part of the structure or on an entire paper.  Writing Assignments may be used as end of unit projects. Teachers may select and use  various modes as it applies to ELLs' grade, proficiency level, and use of instructional materials.

Steps of the Writing Process for ELLs    Teachers may focus on parts of the Writing Process or on the whole process as it applies to ELLs' grade and proficiency level, and use of instructional materials. 

ELD Writing Rubric   Scoring Rubrics to gauge English Language Proficiency are provided as a supplement to the Oregon English Language Proficiency Standards. The descriptors in each of the scoring rubrics have been researched to provide an accurate measure of English language proficiency for a wide variety of language functions. The scoring rubrics are not mandatory. They are intended for use by classroom teachers as a way to gauge students' on-going progress in the acquisition of English and as one way to inform instruction.  Refer to Assessing English Language Development where you will find more rubrics to help you gauge ELLs' progress.

Sample Graphic Organizers to Support ELD Writing Instruction:

  • Vocabulary on a Familiar Topic   may be used to support teaching of vocabulary on a specific topic, or Describing Function
  • Sentences with Vocabulary on a Familiar Topic  may be helpful in teaching Simple Sentence Structure Form, Capitalization and End Punctuation
  • Describing a Person  may support teaching Describing People Function and Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs
  • Describing a Thing 
  • Describing a Place
  • Sequencing (What Happened?)  may be implemented when working on Sequencing and Retelling Past Events Functions,  and on Sentence Structure, Verb Tense  and Conjunctions Forms
  • Comparing and Contrasting (with Categories)   may support teaching of Contrasting Function and Comparative Structures

Supplementary Instructional Resources and Instructional Practices