What is Integrated and Designated English Language Development (ELD)
Integrated ELD is the practice of intentionally teaching language ALL DAY LONG in every content area.
Before and during a lesson, teachers wonder, “What are the language demands of this lesson that might prevent ELLs from fully engaging in grade level learning, and what are the highest value language development opportunities that will help students with not just this lesson, but across this unit and this academic year?”
One strong way to support Integrated ELD is through increasing student talk and through the use of complex text to make meaning and develop complex language.
Here are some helpful resources:
Designated ELD is similar to what we used to simply call “ELD:” a protected time to provide focused language development that attends to a student's proficiency level.
New in the state ELA/ELD Framework is a requirement that Designated ELD be directly connected to core instruction, thereby making the language learning and application more meaningful. There is also an overall shift towards “interacting in meaningful ways,” and away from isolated grammar practice.
What about newcomers?
Newcomers are now 27% of our ELLs (up from about 10% 5 years ago). The increase in newcomer population makes our take-up of quality Integrated and Designated ELD even more crucial. For an overview on additional supports for newcomers, we hope these resources are helpful: