English Language Development (ELD)

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ELD Program Overview

    The English Language Development (ELD) program provides a dedicated time for English language learners to receive language instruction driven by students’ English proficiency level.
    As ELD teachers, we strive to:
    • Guide students toward English Language Proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
    • Instruct students in language skills (i.e. grammar and vocabulary) they are likely not to learn outside of school or pick up on their own
    • Help students acquire language skills they will not be explicitly taught in other subject areas
    • Give students the language they will need for effective academic learning and classroom participation
    • Provide a high quality program that meets the needs of all English Language Learners and meets state and district requirements

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: How are children identified for the program?
    A: Every family completes a Home Language Survey when registering for school. If there is a language other than English in the home, the child will take an English language proficiency assessment. Based on the results, the ELD teachers will determine if support in English is necessary. Once students have achieved proficiency in social and academic English in all 4 areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking (based on a body of evidence); they will be re​-designated out of the ELD program and monitored.
    Q: How is ELD support delivered?
    A: ELD support typically occurs in small groups outside of the classroom for 45 minutes depending on the proficiency level of the student. The students are grouped by language proficiency level and also by grade level. Instruction takes place in English. ELD curriculum focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English through various themes.
    Q: Who provides English instruction? 
    A: ELD instruction is delivered by a certified teacher who has additional training in teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. The ELD teacher provides direct, explicit instruction in English in order to strengthen language skills and teach the language that native-English speakers already bring to their schooling. However, classroom teachers also support English language learners in the classroom by providing them with strategies that maximize opportunities to acquire English and comprehend the content.


     Meet Our ELD Teacher



    Sara Sandstrom-Kobihttps://nee.bvsd.org/About/directory/Pages/Sara_Sandstrom-Kobi.aspxhttps://nee.bvsd.org/About/directory/Pages/Sara_Sandstrom-Kobi.aspx{9c6fc53e-9628-4aeb-a3ad-50cfc9de5f12}Sara Sandstrom-KobiELDGP0|#8ccb8109-77f3-417f-a335-93a695a2c33d;L0|#08ccb8109-77f3-417f-a335-93a695a2c33d|English Language Development;GTSet|#047c81e0-37dc-4eae-934f-e677abc2b456;GPP|#ac90095b-9ee0-42c4-9b52-26efaebea9b3;GPP|#6ad9fbb3-bf89-49b8-9e36-ddd3131d80d6;GPP|#4d055820-42d8-4f9b-843d-27bc329df1ff720-561-4841sara.sandstrom@bvsd.org