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May 05
[Issue #3] 3 Tips for Planning Designated English Language Development (ELD) Lessons in Distance Learning Written by Dr. Yee Wan

In the past two weeks, I have attended several webinars on designated ELD instruction in distance learning. I noticed these patterns in the designated ELD weekly plans.

Tip #1: Offering both synchronous (real-time virtual interaction) and asynchronous activities (not-in-real-time virtual interaction).

Tip #2: Focusing the synchronous learning time on oral language skill development through modeling, applying language through interaction with peers and teachers, and negotiating meaning

Tip #3: Providing choices for the learning activities

These are several examples that you can explore:

  • Template for using mentor sentences to teach designated ELD in K-5, created by Leslie Hyatt at Bell Gardens Elementary School, Montebello Unified School District

  • Sample elementary designated ELD lesson plan, created by Deedy Camarena, Santa Clara County Office of Education

  • Designated ELD in TK-12, created by Sanger Unified School District

  • Designated ELD in 6-12

    • dELD Weekly Plan and d.ELD Distance Learning Choice Board, developed by Efraín Tovar, Abraham Lincoln Middle School, Selma Unified School District

    • San Juan Unified School District developed distance learning weekly lesson plans that are aligned to the ELPAC task types and are organized by the four language domains. The weekly plan also includes a culminating task. To access the resources, visit

I hope that you will be able to adapt these templates in planning your dELD lessons for English learners.



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