English Language Development Courses

  • ELD 1

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year/ 20 (10 English credits/10 elective credits)
    UC/CSU: No CSU/UC admission requirements met by this course
    Prerequisite: Test and teacher recommendation

    This double-period course is for beginning ELs. Students develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students in most cases, also take Algebra SH and/or Biology SH. For promotion to ELD II, students must read at the 4th grade level and be able to write a coherent paragraph. This class may be repeated for credit.

    ELD 2

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits: Year/20 (10 English credits/10 elective credits)
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English
    Prerequisite: Test and teacher recommendation 

    This double-period course for intermediate ELs is designed as a bridge from ELD to mainstream English. The curriculum for ELD is aligned with the English curriculum is based on the CCSS ELA standards and framework, and prepares students for the CA High School Exit Exam. Heavy emphasis is given to literature of various genres, writing, grammar, vocabulary acquisition and oral language development. Students in this course also take other sheltered classes in the Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences departments. To exit ELD and go into mainstream English, students must read at the 8th grade level and be able to write a coherent essay. This class may be repeated for credit towards graduation; however, English credits for UC/CSU requirements are only counted once.

    ELD 3

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits: Year/20 (10 English credits/10 elective credits) 
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English 
    Prerequisite: Test and teacher recommendation 

    This course for students who are at the bridging level of English language development. Students continue to improve their English language development with a focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For promotion to mainstream English, students should be able to use English as a means of learning content in mainstream courses without specific ELD designated support, read at a Lexile level of 800, and be able to write a properly structured and coherent essay at mainstream-English level. The curriculum for the Integrated course is aligned with the grades 9-10 CCSS ELA standards and framework, and prepares students for 10th grade English. This class may be repeated for credit towards graduation; however, English credits for UC/CSU requirements are only counted once.

    EL ALGEBRA 

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits Year/10
    Credits UC/CSU: Yes; “c” - Mathematics
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ELD 1-2 or ELD 3-4 or classification as a long-term English Learner.

    The curriculum and standards in this course parallels the mainstream Algebra course. The teacher “shelters” the material to make it accessible to English Learners. 

    SIFE MATH (SIFE – Students with Interrupted Formal Education)

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: No
    Prerequisite: None

    A mathematics course that introduces integers, coordinate graphs, fractions, pattern recognition, and basic Algebra. It is supported by a review in arithmetic and an introduction to technology as well as including English support for the learning of mathematics vocabulary.

    EL BIOLOGY 

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits Year/10
    Credits UC/CSU: Yes; “d” - Lab Science
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ELD II or Tran ELD, or classified as a long-term English Learner.

    Students in these courses may find answers to the many questions of life, like why we eat, how we grow, and where we came from. Through lectures and lab investigations students will be trained as biologists, studying concepts in molecular biology, genetics, physiology, evolution, and ecology. They will be taught to make connections between topics discussed and the world around them, ultimately leaving the course with a greater understanding of life, perhaps even appreciating it more. This course is specially designed to make biology content accessible for English Learners.

     

    EL CONTEMPORARY WORLD STUDIES

    Grade:         9-12                           Duration/Credits:                      Year/ 10 Credits
    UC/CSU:     Yes; “a” - History/Social Science
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ELD I or teacher recommendation.

    The teacher structures the material in this course to make it accessible to ELD 1 students in addition to using the content as a means for English language instruction.

     

    EL MODERN WORLD HISTORY 

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits: Year/ 10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes; “a” - History/Social Science
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ELD 3-4, teacher recommendation, or classified as a long-term English Learner.

    The curriculum and standards in this course parallels the mainstream Modern World History course. The teacher “shelters” the material to make it accessible to ELs.

    EL US HISTORY 

    Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits: Year/ 10
    Credits UC/CSU: Yes; “a” - History/Social Science
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of ELD 3-4, teacher recommendation, or classified as a long-term English Learner.

    The curriculum and standards in this course parallels the mainstream US History course. The teacher “shelters” the material to make it accessible to ELs.