Introduction to Fremont's English Language Development Program
Welcome to Fremont High School's ELD Program page. Our ELD program is state-funded and offers special instruction for students learning English as a second language. Our curriculum is driven by the California Department of Education's content standards which can be viewed using the link provided. The curriculum is designed to accelerate students' acquisition of English so that students can enter mainstream content courses as quickly as possible. Our motto is: "The point of ELD is to exit ELD." The ELD department works to ensure that all English Learners, from newcomers to those who have lived here for a number of years, develop the literacy and language skills necessary to access the high school curriculum. We strive to prepare our students for the language demands of the post secondary world, both in the work place and in academia. Our ELD students come from all parts of the world and enrich the diversity of our school community.
The goals of the ELD Program are:
- To accelerate English Learners' acquisition of basic intercommunication skills, as well as cognitive academic language proficiency to enable them to participate fully in the mainstream classroom.
- To provide all students with an understanding of and respect for each other's cultural traditions and values.
- To develop a positive self-concept, an ability to relate well to others, and acceptable standards of conduct and citizenship.
Fremont High School offers three levels of ELD instruction: ELD 1, 2, and 3. Each ELD class is paired with a literature based English class specifically designed for the English learner. When appropriate, ELD students also take sheltered academic content courses such as sheltered World History, sheltered U.S. History, and sheltered math courses until they are ready for mainstream content courses.
Below are examples of the schedules for a typical beginning, intermediate, and advanced English Learner in the ELD Program:
Typical Schedules of ELD Students
|ELD 1 Student||ELD 2 Student||ELD 3 Student|
|ELD 1A||ELD 2||ELD 3|
|ELD 1B||Global Lit SH||Lit Writing SH, World Lit SH, Am Lit SH|
World History SH, U.S. History SH, Econ/Gov. SH
|World History SH, U.S. History SH, Econ/Gov. SH|
|Math SH||Math SH||Math SH|
|Elective||Physics SH||Biology SH, Chemistry SH|
|P.E.||Elective, World Lang||Elective, World Lang|
For a description of ELD and sheltered courses, please see the links section of this page.
Sheltered classes are taught by trained and certified teachers who use the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol). SIOP is a research-based and validated instructional model that has proven effective in addressing the academic needs of English learners throughout the United States. For more information on SIOP, please see the links section.
The ELD Program prepares students with an academic foundation that contributes to lasting student achievement. ELD teachers use various second language acquisition strategies to develop English vocabulary and comprehension skills. Instruction in the ELD classroom is conducted in English. Students in the ELD Program have access to the same grade level core curriculum and textbooks that mainstream students receive. ELD students participate in all of the same school activities as their grade level peers in the regular program. In addition, ELD students have the same opportunities to participate in special education or Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs provided by the district.
When ELD students have met all of the requirements of the ELD Program, they can attend the mainstream education program. This process is called reclassification. Students are reclassified based upon multiple measures and include state standardized tests, such as the CELDT and STAR, teacher judgment, parent input, and other measures of student performance as needed.
The following terms are regularly used in the English Language Development Program:
- ELD: English Language Development
- EL: English Learners
- LEP: Limited English Proficient
- FEP: Fluent English Proficient
- CELDT: California English Language Development Test
- Initial CELDT: The testing process when the child first enters the program.
- Annual CELDT: The testing that happens in the fall once the child is enrolled in the ELD Program for one year and has not passed the initial CELDT.
- Reclassified: The student has passed the required tests and changes from the status as English Learner to the Fluent English Proficient designation.
- SDAIE: Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English
- CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development): Certification for a teaching credential that authorizes teachers to work with English Learners