English Learner Programs

English Learner Programs
Westminster School District's Master Plan for supporting English Learners is based on current research related to effective instructional practices, as well as California Department of Education guidelines.  The following essential components, as defined by Laurie Olsen, Ph.D., guide our work:
  • A Focus on Oral Language
  • A Focus on Student Engagement
  • A Focus on Academic Language
  • A Focus on Expository Reading
  • Consistent Routines
  • Goal Setting
  • Empowering Pedagogy
  • Challenging Curriculum
  • Community and Relationships
  • Study Skills
  • Biliteracy
The English Learner Master Plan is analyzed and approved by our English Learner Task Force made up of key stakeholders.
English Learner Program Options
California state law requires that all English Learners at the elementary level are placed in an English language acquisition program that is appropriate for their grade and English proficiency level.  The types of programs include:
  • Structured English Immersion (SEI): designed for English Learners who are new to English or at the emerging level of English proficiency
  • English Language Mainstream (ELM): designed for English Learners who have acquired expanding and bridging levels of English proficiency
  • Alternative, Dual Language Immersion Programs: designed for families who will make a K-6 commitment to a program where bilingualism, biliteracy, academic achievement and multicultural awareness is promoted.  For more information visit the Dual Language Immersion Programs.
The goal of each program is to accelerate language acquisition and proficiency through English Language Development content and access to the core academic curriculum.
English Language Development
Designated English Language Development (ELD) occurs daily at elementary schools for English Learners at all proficiency levels for 30-45 minutes.  At the secondary level, Designated English Language Development occurs for those English Learners at the Emerging and Expanding levels of proficiency.   Integrated English Language Development occurs throughout the day as teachers integrate the ELD standards into their content lessons.  Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies are used throughout the day in all grade levels and contents like: GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design), SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), Thinking Maps, Engagement Strategies, use of Academic Language Scripts and Frames, and more.