• English Language Development (ELD) Program

    Enrollment and placement in the program is based on the student’s performance on the AZ English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA). The test is grade level appropriate and assesses each student’s range of language skills. Students enter the ELD program at one of three levels: Pre-Emergent/ Emergent, Basic, or Intermediate. The classes offered in the Structured English Immersion (SEI) program at each proficiency level include:

    ELD Oral English/Conversation & Vocabulary

    ELD English Grammar

    ELD English Reading

    ELD English Writing

    All instruction in the ELD program is in English and incorporates the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, grammar, and writing. The curriculum in all SEI courses is aligned with the Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) Proficiency Standards and correlates to the AZ College and Career Ready Standards. Note: Schools with 20 or fewer ELLs within a three grade span (including kindergarten) may provide instruction through the development of Individual Language Learner Plans (ILLPs) created for each ELL.

    The Refinement Secondary Model
    (Middle and High School Only)

    Students who are in at least their second year of English Language Development and are at the Intermediate level of proficiency on the AZELLA may be placed in a refinement model of the SEI program. This provides flexibility to reduce up to two hours the time required within the SEI model.

    Course Descriptions

    ELD Oral English/Conversation and Vocabulary

    This course focuses on the development of speaking and listening skills as well as the acquisition of English academic vocabulary. Students learn to pronounce words clearly, follow oral directions and commands, ask and/or respond appropriately to oral questions, and communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content areas. As students move to higher levels of proficiency, the standards increase in rigor and complexity.

    ELD English Grammar

    This course focuses on acquiring the knowledge of the grammatical structures of the English language. Students learn and practice the correct application of grammar usage in a meaningful, interactive, and instructional context. As students move to higher levels of proficiency, the standards increase in rigor and complexity.

    ELD English Reading

    This course focuses on the development of reading skills ranging from letter and sound knowledge to the ability to access grade-level academic text. Students begin with learning about phonemic awareness, sound/symbol relationships, understanding environmental print, and the ability to comprehend text with predictable patterns. As course complexity increases, they gain the ability to decode and comprehend a variety of fiction and nonfiction text independently and fluently through the use of organizational features and contextual clues. This includes the ability to identify, summarize and analyze information, including literary elements in text. As students move to higher levels of proficiency, the standards increase in rigor and complexity.

    ELD English Writing

    This course focuses on the development of writing skills, ranging from the ability to use sound/symbol relationships to spell words in sentences, to being able to write multiple detailed paragraphs in a variety of writing applications. Students are taught to use standard writing conventions using subject-verb agreement in a variety of sentence types. Writing products can include personal narrative, persuasive, expository, summary of factual information, business letter, and functional writing. As students move to higher levels of proficiency, the standards increase in rigor and complexity.