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English Learners

Who is an English language learner?

State and federal laws require that all students whose primary language is other than English be assessed for English language proficiency. The legal basis for requiring English proficiency testing is that all students have the right to an equal and appropriate education, and any English language limitations (left unidentified and/or unaddressed) could preclude a student from accessing that right.

 

The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is California’s designated test of English language proficiency. It is administered each year as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, as indicated on a home language survey, and as an annual assessment to students who have been identified previously as English learners.

 

Geddes identifies whether or not a student is an English language learner and then provides for them to receive instruction that is designed specifically for learning English and subject matter content in accordance with laws and regulations from the State of California. 

These are the levels of proficiency for English Learners:

1. Beginning – Students performing at this level of English-language proficiency may demonstrate little or no receptive or productive English skills. They are beginning to understand a few concrete details during unmodified instruction. They may be able to respond to some communication and learning demands, but with many errors. Oral and written production is usually limited to disconnected words and memorized statements and questions. Frequent errors make communication difficult.

 

2. Early Intermediate – Students performing at this level of English-language proficiency continue to develop receptive and productive English skills. They are able to identify and understand more concrete details during unmodified instruction. They may be able to respond with increasing ease to more varied communication and learning demands with a reduced number of errors. Oral and written production is usually limited to phrases and memorized statements and questions. Frequent errors still reduce communication.

 

3. Intermediate – Students performing at this level of English-language proficiency begin to tailor their English-language skills to meet communication and learning demands with increasing accuracy. They are able to identify and understand more concrete details and some major abstract concepts during unmodified instruction. They are able to respond with increasing ease to more varied communication and learning demands with a reduced number of errors. Oral and written production has usually expanded to sentences, paragraphs, and original statements and questions. Errors still complicate communication.

 

4. Early Advanced – Students performing at this level of English-language proficiency begin to combine the elements of the English language in complex, cognitively demanding situations and are able to use English as a means for learning in content areas.

 

They are able to identify and summarize most concrete details and abstract concepts during unmodified instruction in most content areas. Oral and written production is characterized by more elaborate discourse and fully-developed paragraphs and compositions. Errors are less frequent and rarely complicate communication.

 

5. Advanced – Students performing at this level of English-language proficiency communicate effectively with various audiences on a wide range of familiar and new topics to meet social and learning demands. In order for students at this level to attain the

 

English-proficiency level of their native English-speaking peers, further linguistic enhancement and refinement are still necessary. Students at this level are able to identify and summarize concrete details and abstract concepts during unmodified instruction in all content areas. Oral and written production reflects discourse appropriate for content areas. Errors are infrequent and do not reduce communication.

Here is a list of helpful links for English Learners:

English online  :  This website helps you learn English online with excercises on grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary and listening at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

 

CELDT information for parents-English

CELDT information for parents-Spanish

Test Released Questions