WIDA English Language Learner CAN DO Descriptors highlight what language learners can do at various stages of language development. The CAN DO Descriptors represent what learners can do with language across different content areas. These Descriptors are a practical tool to guide teachers when designing and implementing lessons, monitoring student progress, determining student language proficiency levels, collaborating across programs, and conveying results to English Learners and their parents.
The booklet complements the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards and provides a vaulable set of resources aligned to the Peformance Defnitions for the levels of English language proficiency. These resources assist teachers in embedding academic English into content lessons and working school-wide to ensure the academic success of our culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
The English Language Learner (ELL) Overlays for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are designed to assist educators in developing content-area instructional units, lessons, or activities that are meaning and comprehensible for English Learners. They illustrate the dynamic process of adapting instruction and assessments by content-area teachers based on the English language proficiency of students.
The Standards for English Language Development
center on the language needed by English Learners in Grade levels PreK
-12 attending schools in the state of Pennsylvania to succeed both socially and academically in education settings. Each of the English language proficiency standards addresses a specific context for language acquisition (social and instructional settings as well as academic language in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). The framework is broken into six grade level cluster: PreK
-K, Grade 1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
Each of the five English language proficiency standards encompasses four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Listening - process, understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken language in a variety of situations
Speaking - engage in oral communication in a variety of situations for an array of purposes and audiences
Reading - process, interpret, and evaluate written language, symbols, and text with understanding and fluency
Writing - engage in written communications in a variety of forms for an array of purposes and audiences
TransPerfect is a phone translation service available to staff for communication with students' parents/guardians who have difficulty understanding and speaking English. Language Lines is always available for phone calls home, Parent Conference, and IEPs. Contact your building administrator for user information.
offers a collection of many documents fully supporting parent communication mandates. This collection of documents is available in many languages. Anyone may register for access to this site.