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English Language Development (ELD)
Middle School

The English Language Development (ELD) program provides high-quality English language development instruction aligned to grade-level content standards in English Language Arts. These courses focus on helping emergent multilingual students develop the academic language proficiency needed to be able to learn content knowledge, skills, and processes and effectively use language to communicate proficiently in mainstream courses.

These courses are designed for the rapid mastery of the English language, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. ELD courses usually begin with extensive listening and speaking practice, building on auditory and oral skills, and support the development of reading and writing. These courses provide an explanation of the grammatical structures of the English language, enabling students to progress from a basic understanding of English words and verb tenses to a more comprehensive grasp of various formal and informal styles to prepare them for grade-level mainstream English courses. ELD classes may also include an orientation to the customs and culture of the diverse population in the United States. All ELD courses are aligned to the grade-level standards and curriculum in Grades 6-8.

Emergent multilingual students will be scheduled into English classes designed to meet their level of academic language proficiency in appropriate ways including sheltered, co-taught, single and double periods. The English Language Proficiency (ELP) levels are directly correlated with the ELP levels 1.0-4.4 on the WIDA ACCESS test.

Grade Level Course New Course Code # Notes


Grade 6

English 6 for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs) I


Double Period

English 6 for EMLs II

ESL 1017

Double Period

English 6 for EMLs III

ESL 1020

Single Period 


Grade 7 

English 7 for EMLs I


Double Period

English 7 for EMLs II

ESL 1018

Double Period

English 7 for EMLs III

ESL 1021

Single Period

Grade 8 

English 8 for EMLs I

ESL 1016

Double Period

English 8 for EMLs II

ESL 1019

Double Period

English 8 for EMLs III

ESL 1022

Single Period


Secondary Students with Limited and/or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)