English Language Learning

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The English Language Development (ELD) Department supports English Language Learners (ELLs) from a variety of countries, representing over 74 different languages. Our goal is to provide support for implementation of the state mandated Sheltered English Immersion Model to all TD3 elementary and secondary schools. The Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Model is designed to promote English proficiency through use of the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs).  The goal of the program is for our students to acquire English as rapidly as possible in order to participate in mainstream instruction.

The English Language Development Department provides program services, which meet state and federal requirements for English learner identification, assessment, instruction, and reassessment.  (Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 15, Chapter 7, Article 3.1 ARS §15-751 §15-757 and House Bill 2064).

Program Services  

Tempe Elementary School District provides two models to support the acquisition of English.  

The Structured English Immersion model is implemented in a classroom where students are instructed using the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards throughout the day.  

The Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP) model is implemented through unique plans for each child in the mainstream classroom.

The instruction of both models is delivered by teachers who hold a Structured English Immersion Endorsement, Bilingual Education Endorsement or English as a Second Language Endorsement.


The United States Department of Education requires all states to have English language proficiency standards for students with limited or no English language knowledge, experience, or skills. In response to this federal requirement, the Office of English Language Acquisition Services of the Arizona Department of Education has developed English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs) for English Language Learners attending public and charter schools in Arizona. Arizona uses these standards allow to gauge student progress in English language proficiency and to provide classroom teachers with benchmarks to help focus instruction. The standards are designed for teachers in helping English Language Learners to become proficient in English as quickly as possible. The ELPs help students to possess a linguistic foundation for the academic English that is needed to meet the language demands and complexity of content area instruction.

Entrance and Exit Program Criteria

If information obtained during the enrollment process indicates that a language other than English is spoken in the home, the student is evaluated to determine his/her level of English language proficiency.  The state adopted evaluation assessment is the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment.  The results of this language assessment are used to determine whether a child will benefit from the services provided through the English Language Development (ELD) program.  A Parental Notification and Consent Form is sent home when students qualify.

All students identified as English Language Learners, whether they are in the ELD program or withdrawn by parent are re-evaluated annually to determine their progress in learning English.  All assessment results are available to parents through the child's teacher.  Students who score an overall "Proficient" on the assessment are exited from the ELD program.  A Reclassification Form is sent home to parents regarding their child's exit status.

These procedures are implemented in accordance with ARS 15-751-756.

For additional information contact Rocio C. Keffalas, (480) 226-0977