The mission of the English Language Development (ELD) Program is to provide meaningful supplemental instruction in English in order for non- or limited-English speaking students to become successful learners in an English mainstream classroom in a timely manner. Approximately 7 percent (7%) of our students have a primary language other than English. While a variety of languages are spoken, Spanish is predominant. The English Language Development Program is essential for these English learners (ELs) in order to master academic vocabulary, access day-to-day instruction, and actively participate in the classroom.
ELD specialists work with students in small-group settings, enabling the students to comfortably take risks in their spoken English. Instruction is given in a clear manner with repetition when necessary. Learning takes place through reinforcement of CORE curricula, literature, games, and other hands-on activities so that real-world connections can be made. These techniques are also used to preview classroom material, which helps to build confidence in the mainstream setting. Specific support for vocabulary and concept development in the subject matter content areas is also provided. The children are actively engaged in learning, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. ELD specialists work collaboratively with classroom instructors, other service providers, and administrators to ensure that the program is meeting the needs of our students and teachers, as well as state requirements.