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ELD Department
Roseburg School District
1419 NW Valley View Dr.
Roseburg, OR 97471


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 nine 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:

Deborah Thiessen
Special Ed Program Coordinator

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

Guiding Program Principals

  • 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 in the Office of Student Services 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 using both the Woodcock-Munoz Language Proficiency Assessment and the 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 440-4036. 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


What is the enhanced elementary program for K-5 ELD students?

For K-5 children who qualify for ELD services we are now offering the Rose Elementary School English Language Learners Program. This is an exciting opportunity for your son or daughter to receive additional language instruction to help them succeed in their education. The program is open to students from all Roseburg elementary schools and is available to your child at no expense to you.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Increased daily English language instructional time
  • School-wide Title I reading and mathematics support
  • Free transportation to and from Rose School from other neighborhoods throughout the Roseburg district

If you are interested in receiving further information about the program or registering your child, please call Christina Byrd at 440-4036.

English Language Development Links

  • Development and Dissemination Schools Initiative - The Development and Dissemination Schools Initiative mega site provides a multitude of links to Bilingual Education and ESL web sites.
  • 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 ,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

  • HispanicBusiness.com - Hispanic business magazine has spent the past 20 years tracking and publishing data on the rapidly growing Hispanic consumer market; this data is now available on its Web site. Among the features are the magazine's annual list of the 500 largest Hispanic-owned corporations and the United States' 1,000 top Hispanic business executives. Every October, the magazine picks its 100 most influential Hispanics.
  • Hispanic/Latino News Service - News stories on issues of interest to the Hispanic/Latino sectors are garnered from 60 online sources and posted daily. In addition to the current day's news (Under Recent), the site provides an archive of previous news reports (beginning in January 1999). Topics covered are wide ranging, from diversity in Texas schools to the Colombian earthquake in early 1999.
  • Hispanic Online - Billing itself as "the leading online forum" for Latinos living in the United States, Hispanic Online offers a variety of resources, from consumer financial information in both English and Spanish to scholarship and career-search guidance. The site is a product of Hispanic Magazine, a monthly publication with a circulation of more than a quarter million. Selected articles from the magazine's current issue, as well as back issues, can be browsed online.
  • 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.
  • Azteca Web Page - Although targeted principally at Hispanic Americans of Mexican descent, the wealth of information about Mexican history and cloture presented here will interest a broader audience. "Amerindians" make up nearly 30% of Mexico's population, and more than 5 million Mexicans speak one of 100 indigenous languages; there's very good coverage of topics relating to their ethnic heritage here. You can tour a photo gallery of Mayan and Aztec ruins. Of particular interest is a study on Hispanic Americans' attitudes about their ethnic identity.
  • 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.
  • Fronteramag.com - An English-language magazine targeted at the young adult generation of Hispanic Americans, Frontera made its debut in December 1995. Its editors, unhappy at the mass media's stereotypical portrayal of Hispanics as "gardeners or gang bangers," aim "to present the full spectrum of the Latino experience." Although you can't read the current issue's articles online, the magazine's back issues have been posted, with articles and excerpts on current political issues and latino influences on music, literature, and film.
  • Latino Culture-US - This look at Latino culture in the United States explores influences on contemporary American music, literature, and film. On the current music scene, in particular, the incredible popularity of such artists as Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony has brought Latino music to new audiences. Arranged much like a magazine, feature articles cover topics ranging from Latin jazz to Santeria (a Caribbean blend of African animist ritual and Christianity). The content changes every month or so, but past articles remain available in the archives.
  • LatinoLink - Anyone trying to keep a finger on the pulse of current Latino culture and thought will want to bookmark this site. the homepage offers daily news affecting the Latino community. In addition to news stories, LatinoLink's creators usually throw in an opinion piece or two on such controversial topics as the growing use of "Spanglish," a blend of Spanish and English. LatinoLink's other departments include Student Resources (with listings of scholarships for Latino students), Arts & Entertainment, Community, Entrepreneurs, Job Bank, Money, and Sports. Note that there are chat and "personal ad" functions.
  • LatinoWeb - Don't be fooled by Latino Web's homepage; the site contains much more than business-related news stories. Click on the Search by Category filter in the upper left-hand corner to navigate your way through a series of directories listing services designed for Hispanic Americans and those offered by Hispanic Americans. Directories cover a number of different categories, including business, education, home, art, computer help, music, hardware, software and politics.
  • Latino USA: The Radio Journal of News and Culture - Distributed by National Public Radio, Latino USA is a half-hour English-language weekly radio program reflecting an Hispanic perspective on a variety of issues, including current events, public affairs, and cultural matters. The program itself is available from more than 170 radio stations in 31 states, but for those who are either unable to receive it or who have missed the latest broadcast, its Web site offers the full program (as well as segments) in Real Audio format (with Real Audio player downloadable at the site). For those who regularly listen to the Latino USA radio broadcast, this site makes an ideal companion piece, offering supplementary information and pointers to related resources. Teachers should take note of the suggested companion lesson ideas for classroom use (under Learning Resources).
  • Picosito.com - Billing itself as the "home of Hispanic/Latino online community," Picosito is one of the most well-rounded sites catering to Hispanic Americans. Available in both English and Spanish, its homepage carries the latest headlines from around the world. The site has excellent sections on business, health, culture, sports, business, immigration , and finance. Each day, Picosito profiles a prominent Hispanic in its Person of the Day feature.

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.

updated 4/16/2008