Why Language is the Driver

We firmly believe that “language is the driver and content is the passenger." While acquiring vocabulary and other content skills are important, they should not be the sole or even the main, focus of your 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 is designed to assess language skills, it is not surprising that redesignation for many students remains elusive, even after many years of ELD study.

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

English Language Development
ca eld standards

How We Align with CA 2012 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 CA 2012 ELD standards — including all the multiple language skills and functions for each individual standard.

Review our scope and sequence to see how our lessons align with the CA 2012 ELD standards.



Figure 1: Our ELD programs are in lock-step with the California 2012 ELD Standards.

Age and Level-Appropriate ELD Curriculum

Our standard-based ELD curriculum focuses specifically on the needs of English learners in grades 6-12. It presents realistic peer-to-peer interactions and topics that are developmentally appropriate for this age group.

We offer comprehensive programs and resources for English learners which address language development expectations along the continuum of the Newcomer/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 this video featuring David Noyes, Language Tree Online lead curriculum developer and a National Board-certified English Language Development Coach. You’ll learn:

  • What does “Designated ELD” mean and why is this important?
  • How do the CA 2012 ELD standards fit into this instructional time
  • How the Language Tree Online program works with Designated ELD

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