English Language Development

What We Do

kidsELD stands for English Language Development. The program is designed for students whose first language is not English and whose English proficiency level is from beginner to advanced. This class will provide English language development through systematic and explicit instruction of vocabulary, grammar and syntax.

Since the Program's inception in 1994, there have been 21 different languages represented in the ELD program throughout the eight elementary schools and three secondary schools in the Roseburg School District.

The goal of the ELD program is to help students develop their English language skills.

For more information contact:

Michelle Knee

Director of Teaching and Learning
(541) 440-4005


  • Standards
  • Guiding
  • FAQs
  • ELD Links
  • Hispanic/Latino
    Culture & History
  • Spanish Language
    & Health Resources

Guiding Program Principals

  • ELD Program Plan
  • The cultural and language heritage of all students is respected and valued in the learning process.
  • The staff must be knowledgeable and trained in the recognized methodologies to teach second language acquisition.
  • Language diverse students are provided with equal opportunities to learn and to have equal access to educational materials.
  • All students can successfully complete high school. Language diverse students will be supported by programs and services that ensure their success.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do students qualify for ELD service?

The ELD program office, located at the Roseburg Public Schools central office, has the responsibility of in-taking, assessing, and placing students with limited English skills new to the district. Students remain in the program until they achieve academic language proficiency and meet the program exit criteria.

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed annually with State mandated English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). In addition all students participate in district and state achievement tests.

What should I do if I have a student/child who I think may need ELD services?

If a student appears to be limited English proficient (LEP) and is not already receiving ELD program services, call the ELD program office at (541) 440-4005. An ELD teacher will arrange to meet with the family/teachers to assess the student and discuss program options.

If you would like to write to our office, please use the following address:

ELD Department
Roseburg Public School District
1419 NW Valley View Dr.
Roseburg, OR 97470



English Language Development Links

  • Everything ESL - ESL teachers will find a wealth of resources at this site. Lesson plans geared to TESOL ESL standards for Pre-K through 12 students include such topics as Amazing Animals, Thirteen Original Colonies, Pumpkin Science, and more. The list of lessons can be sorted by title or posting date. Teaching Tips includes classroom activities, related links, and other resources. Visitors to the site can join one of two discussion boards. One is for general comments, and the other is for posting questions to Judie Haynes, one of the creators of the site.
  • Comenius English Language Center - If you want to practice your reading skills, visit Comenius’ Fluency Through Fables section, which has short stories and comprehension exercises. The Monthly Idiom section is helpful for non-native speakers—you can read and listen to audio examples of common English idioms (such as "in the red" and "under the weather"). You can purchase ESL software here and find an ESL keypal to help you practice your English skills.
  • Dave’s ESL Café on the Web - Here you’ll find an Idea Cookbook that has teaching tips; pages on idioms, slang and other tricky areas of English; a useful Help Center (with quick responses from an ESL teacher); and test preparation advice. You can take quizzes on various history subjects and link to other ESL sites. Please note that the bulletin board and chat room are unmonitored.
  • English Practice.com - Thousands of free English lessons are available on the Internet, and you can find a good number of them here. Some use audio and video so be sure to have QuickTime and RealPlayer installed before you try them out. You’ll find lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading, as well as cultural and business related lessons. Try the online hangman or crossword games to increase your vocabulary. You can also find a keypal to help you practice English.
  • ESL Net: ESL Resources - These ESL-related links are organized into web sites for students and web sites for teachers. Also included are ESL magazines, journals, games, and idioms useful for ESL students.
  • Interesting Things for ESL Students - There really are interesting things here, including many games that make studying English nearly painless. Some of the games require Java or Flash Player.
  • Karin’s ESL PartyLand - The self-described "hostess" of ESL PartyLand has created an upbeat resource that serves students and teachers equally well. Students can get help on a variety of English usage topics, including discussion activities, quizzes, idioms, and links to other web sites. They reach these exercises through theme portals (dating and relationships, food, movies, travel, and so on) of their choice. Teachers can find clever lesson plans, complete with discussion guides, handouts, and links. There are also chat and bulletin board features.
  • Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students - Pick from more than 900 quizzes on all aspects of English vocabulary and grammar. Many are tied to specific topics, so you can learn about a geographic location, holiday, culture or learn some trivia while practicing English. This is part of the Internet TESOL Journal on teaching resources (http://iteslj.org/), which includes lesson plans and teaching techniques.
  • TESOL Online - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - Designed as a resource for teachers, this site provides information on publications and research materials, professional development, educational opportunities and an online career center for employment opportunities. In addition, TESOL has the Pre K-12 ESL Standards available to read and download.


Hispanic/Latino Culture & History Links

  • Hispanic Pages in the USA - Coloquio, a Spanish-language monthly published in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, explores Hispanic American culture. The site's most valuable resource for those researching Hispanic history is a listing of more than 200 notable Hispanics who have made significant contributions to international culture. For many of those on the list, brief biographical profiles are available; others are still in the works. The magazine's editors also have listed a number of contemporary Hispanics they believe will soon be famous. You can access an extensive collection of information about Spain and the city of Seville. Also covered is the issue of Spanish language use in the United States.
  • Hispanic Reading Room - Students of Hispanic culture and history will want to bookmark this site because it contains a detailed description of the Library of Congress' extensive holdings in this area of study. A number of these can be searched online, including the massive Handbook of Latin american Studies, which is available in both English and on Latin America, to which scholars add another 5,000 volumes annually. Also accessible from this site are biographical profiles of Hispanic Americans who have served in the U.S. Congress since 1822.
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Inc. - Formed more than 20 years ago by five Hispanic-American congressmen, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus keeps a close watch on all activities in Washington, D.C., that affect the Hispanic community. A few years after the caucus was formed, it set up a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of U.S. Hispanic leaders. The institute's Web site offers detailed information about the organization and its programs, winch include summer internships, fellowships, and scholarships. The Scholarship Connection Program (Under Programs) is an invaluable resource, linking students through a questionnaire to applicable sources of college money. School guidance counselors will want to access this feature.
  • National Society for Hispanic Professionals - Everything you need to be connected to for the Hispanic American professional community.
  • Picosito.com - Music focused website for Hispanic Americans.


Spanish Language Community & Health Resources

  • OHSU - Patient Education Resources - This site provides medical information in Spanish to patients on a number of subjects
  • Douglas County - Health and Social Services - This site provides information on the social services agencies in Douglas County, their function, and how one can contact them.
  • Oregon Helps - "Oregon Helps" is a site that walks the user through a number of questions to determine what state social services he/she is eligible for.