English Language Development(ELd) program

Same program, new name

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is now called the

English Language Development (ELD) program.

We made this change for a couple of reasons. There is no standardized term across our field so each district is left to choose the name that fits them best. English as a Second Language is just a slightly outdated term. We chose English Language Development because it better describes the diversity of our students. Some students are learning English as a second language. Others are learning English as a third or fourth language. Young dual language learners are developing two languages at once, with no clear first and second. Some students speak primarily English at home, without a strong knowledge of their family's heritage language. Some students have limited exposure to multiple languages without strong skills in any one. All of these students are English Learners, working to develop their English proficiency.


There are at least 68 languages and dialects spoken in the district in addition to English: Afrikaans, American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Azeri, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Benin, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Cape Verdean Creole, Croatian, Dutch, French, Fukien, Fulani, Garifuna, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Jamaican Creole, Japanese, Kannada, Konkani, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Maltese, Mandarin, Maradi, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Persian, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Shanghainese, Shona, Sierra Leonean Krio, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tulu, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Visayan, Welsh, and Yoruba.