Why Use Tools Aligned with State ELD Standards?

We firmly believe that "language is the driver and content is the passenger." Vocabulary and content knowledge should not be the sole or even the main focus of Designated English Language Development (ELD) instruction.

Without a solid understanding of how language is applied or how it works, multilingual learners will struggle to attain English language proficiency. Given that the summative ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment of California) is designed to assess language skills based on California ELD standards, it is not surprising that redesignation for many students remains elusive even after many years of study.

When evaluating resources for your multilingual learners, one critical element to examine is how well the materials align with California English language development standards.

Language Tree Online helps ELLs master English
alignment to CA ELD standards

How We Connect to California ELD Standards

The Language Tree Online lesson modules follow the Universal Design for Learning and SDAIE frameworks. They provide flexibility in the ways that students can access, engage with, and demonstrate knowledge of materials. Our lessons and assessments cover the entire breadth and depth of the latest California ELD standards — including all the multiple language skills and functions for each standard.

Review our scope and sequence to see how our lessons align with the California ELD standards.



Figure 1: Our ELD programs are in lock-step with the California ELD Standards.

The Importance of an Age and Level-Appropriate ELD Curriculum

Multilingual learners in the secondary grades are not the same as those in elementary. Teens and pre-teens have different experiences, background knowledge, and cultural references. Therefore, it's important to use resources that were designed for that age group.  Our standard-based ELD curriculum presents language lessons amidst the context of realistic peer-to-peer interactions and topics that are developmentally appropriate for middle and high school students.

Language Tree Online offers comprehensive programs and resources for grades 6-12 English learners that address language development expectations along the continuum of Novice/Newcomer to Emerging and Expanding levels.

  • ELD Level 1 is designed for Newcomers and Emerging level English learners with 0-24 months of study
  • ELD Level 2 is designed for Expanding level English learners and long-term English learners (LTELs) who are on the cusp of re-designation
ELD Continuum

What is Designated ELD ?

Watch David Noyes, Language Tree Online Head of Curriculum who is also a National Board-certified ELD ecucator, talk about:

  • What does “Designated ELD” mean and why is this important?
  • How do the CA ELD standards fit into this instructional time
  • How the Language Tree Online program works with Designated ELD

What Do Teachers Think About Our Program

Hear what a teacher has to say about her experience with Language Tree Online.

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