Using the ELSF Guidelines to ImproveInstructional Materials for English Learners:
It is estimated that more than half of U.S. public school teachers have at least one EL in their classroom, but less than 20% are certified to teach ELs. Furthermore, ELs are the fastest-growing student population in the country. Most materials for ELs are focused on designated English language development classes, while there are little to no options for integrated English language development in standards-aligned content materials. There is an urgent need for high-quality materials that support both students learning English as well as the teachers who instruct them. Considering the needs of ELs should be an integral part of the materials development process. Using the ELSF Guidelines, Content Developers can ensure that English language development is integrated and robust throughout the materials and that they can have a positive impact on EL academic learning.