English Language Development
The population of English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. public schools is quickly on the rise. This section includes information about the most effective ways to teach ELL students (sometimes referred to as ESL students), methods for encouraging learning, and ways to promote family involvement.
WestEd: English Learners
Success for every learner is our goal at WestEd. A nonprofit research, development, and service agency, WestEd enhances and increases education and human development within schools, families, and communities.
English Learning for Preschool Project
The purpose of the English Learning for Preschoolers Project is to offer teaching strategies, materials, and training to individuals interested in achieving optimal educational outcomes for children who attend public preschool programs, are between the ages of 3 and 5, and arrive at school knowing a language other than English or who come from homes in which more than one language is spoken, one of which may be English.
Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning
This resource guide provides teachers with the knowledge and tools they seek to educate preschool English learners most effectively. It was developed by a group of experts who collectively brought strong practical, academic, and research backgrounds to the topic of educating young English learners. In their work the group demonstrated its steadfast commitment to assisting such children enrolled in California’s schools and their families.
The guide is available from the CDE for $15.95. You can download the EL Guide Order Form here.