2 WIDA TermsWhy does WIDA distinguish between “language proficiency” and “language development?”IVWIDA uses the name English language development (ELD) standards to articulate the language acquisition process as fluid, flexible, and ongoingWIDA uses the term language proficiency to reflect a student’s current level in the language acquisition process at a particular point in timeLevels 1-6 are still referred to as “proficiency levels”ACCESS for ELLs is an English language proficiency assessment
3 State Content Standards ELD & State StandardsELD StandardsAcademic language developmentLanguage-basedReflective of the varying stages of second language acquisitionRepresentative of social and academic language contextsState Content StandardsAcademic achievementContent-basedReflective of conceptual developmentRepresentative of the school’s academic curriculumIV
4 Variations of Language IVThe yellow circle without a label represents the student’s language knowledge. All the other circles are impacting the language the student can use and comprehend.Adapted from Zwiers (2008)Providing Access to Academic Achievement Through Language Development4
5 Our Standards Framework for English Language Development Features of Academic LanguagePerformance DefinitionsStandardsMatrixNTThe 2012 Amplification enhances the Standards Framework in several ways to improve how WIDA illustrates academic language. The features of academic language is a new component, while the Performance Definitions and Standards Matrices have been restructured. Together, the three components of the Standards Framework reflect how academic language can be introduced in the classroom.
6 NTThe Features of Academic Language in WIDA's Standards is a new resource available to educators in the 2012 standards publication. You may notice that the criteria we use to define the levels of language development have changed slightly. Originally, these criteria included linguistic complexity, language control and vocabulary usage. In order to clarify the criteria we did two things:First, we divided the performance criteria into three different levels. You can see in this chart that the discourse level is associated with linguistic complexity, the sentence level is associated with language forms and conventions and the word/phrase level is associated with vocabulary usage.- The second modification is the addition of the socio-cultural context, which impacts all three criteria by defining students' identities and social roles within a particular task or situation. Some important aspects of the sociocultural context related to language include register, genre, and text type. It is important for educators to intentionally engage students in both formal and informal communication and give them opportunities to interact with a wide range of instructional materials in the classroom. The sociocultural context emphasizes that building on the richness of students' background experiences motivates them and makes language learning more relevant.
7 Sociocultural Context Genre/ Text TypeRegisterTopicSociocultural ContextParticipants’ identities & social rolesTask/ SituationNTThe sociocultural context highlights the purpose of communication and, most importantly, the participants and their experiences.Register: features of language that vary according to the context, the groups of users, and purpose of the communication (e.g., the speech used when students talk to their peers versus their principal)Genre: socially-defined ways in which language (e.g., oral and written) is used to participate in particular contexts to serve specific purposesText type: categories of text that employ particular language features for specific purposes
8 Using WIDA Standards to Shape Interaction Activities Conversation Prompt:As you listen to the story, jot down notes on possible character traits. Compare them with your partner and predict which will change the most; try to explain how the changes might help the story.J. Zwiers, 2012 WIDA Debut
9 Language Stems for thinking skills and complex ideas J. Zwiers, 2012 WIDA Debut
10 Structured Interaction: Quotation Cafe J. Zwiers, 2012 WIDA Debut
11 Challenging an Idea: InfoGap-Negotiation Cards J. Zwiers, 2012 WIDA Debut
12 Academic Conversation Excerpt - Language Arts J. Zwiers, 2012 WIDA Debut
14 Academic Language Academic Conversation Samples InFo Negotiation Cards Academic Conversation PlacematPractice ConversationsJ. Zwiers, 2012 WIDA Debut
15 2007 Performance Definitions NTThe 2007 Performance Definitions are still applicable for the ACCESS assessment.
16 WIDA Performance Definitions – Listening and Reading Grades K-12 NTOne update to the Standards Framework for 2012 is that the three criteria used to define each level of language proficiency, Linguistic Complexity, Language Forms and Conventions, and Vocabulary Usage, are now displayed in two sets of Performance Definitions. One set of Performance Definitions is for receptive language and represents how ELLs process language to comprehend information, ideas or concepts in either oral or written communication.
17 WIDA Performance Definitions – Speaking and Writing Grades K-12 NTThe other set of Performance Definitions is for productive language and shows how students at each level of language proficiency use language to express information, ideas or concepts in either oral or written communication. For the first time the Performance Definitions are organized within discourse, sentence, and word/phrase levels to correspond with the features of academic language.You may also notice that Language Control is now referred to as Language Forms and Conventions.
18 WIDA’s ELD Standards Academic Language Social & Instructional Language Language of Language ArtsLanguage of MathematicsLanguage of ScienceLanguage of Social StudiesNTWIDA’s five English Language Development Standards represent the social, instructional, and academic language that ELLs need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum in schools. Standard 1 represents the language needed and used by ELLs for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. Standards 2-5 address the language necessary for ELLs’ academic success in the content areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. While other features of the Standards Framework have been updated, the five English Language Development Standards have NOT changed.Academic LanguageStandard 1 Standard Standard Standard Standard 5
19 Organization of the 2007 Standards Matrix NTThe standards matrix is the third component of WIDA’s Standards Framework, which provides a basic structure for representing the five English language development standards. This is what the 2007 Standards matrix looked like, so look for similarities and differences within the appearance of the 2012.19
20 STRAND MPI Organization of MPIs within the 2012 Standards GRADE 8 ELD STANDARD 4 - The Language of Science EXAMPLE TOPIC: Forms of energyNTThe latest standards publication presents a new format for the standards matrix. Previously, the example topic that underlies language development across the strand always referenced academic content standards. What we added was an explicit connection between the example topic and the content standard. More detailed information on the new components of the 2012 Standards Framework will be presented in the following slides.The standards continue to be represented in a series of scaffolded steps within a linguistic progression across 5 levels of language proficiency. Each individual level of the progression is called a Model Performance Indicator or MPI. MPIs are meant to be examples and not fixed prescriptions of the language students may engage with during instruction and assessment. We refer to a series of 5 MPIs tied to one language domain as a strand. This strand of MPIs pertains to the language domain of Speaking.STRANDMPI
21 Grade Levels & Clusters 2007 ELP StandardsPreK-KindergartenGrades 1-2Grades 3-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-12KindergartenGrade 1Grade 6Grade 2Grade 7Grade 3Grade 8Grade 4Grades 9-10Grade 5Grades 11-122012 ELD StandardsNTThe grade-level organization of the 2012 ELD Standards is slightly different than the 2007 ELP Standards.WIDA is in the process of developing standards for Pre-Kindergarteners (3-5-year olds)
22 Language Domains Listening Speaking Reading Writing Process, understand, interpret and evaluate spoken language in a variety of situationsSpeakingEngage in oral communication in a variety ofsituations for a variety of purposes and audiencesProcess, understand, interpret and evaluate written language, symbols and text with understanding and fluencyReadingIVEach standards matrix is organized around one of these four language domains.WritingEngage in written communication in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes and audiences
23 GRADE 8ELD STANDARD 4 - The Language of Science EXAMPLE TOPIC: Forms of energyCONNECTION: Next Generation Science Standards, May 2012 Draft, Energy b-d (Middle School): Use representations of potential energy to construct an explanation of how much energy an object has when it’s in different positions in an electrical, gravitational, and magnetic field. Plan and carry out investigations to show that in some chemical reactions energy is released or absorbed. Use and/or construct models to communicate the means by which thermal energy is transferred during conduction, convection, and radiation.EXAMPLE CONTEXT FOR LANGUAGE USE: Students decide with peers the types of energy transfers that occur in various situations from everyday life (e.g., glow sticks, thunderstorms, simple engines) to demonstrate the conservation of energy.Standards ConnectionExample Context for Language UseCognitive FunctionCOGNITIVE FUNCTION: Students at all levels of English language proficiency will ANALYZE energy transfer.SPEAKINGLevel 1EnteringLevel 2EmergingLevel 3DevelopingLevel 4ExpandingLevel 5BridgingLevel 6 - ReachingState how energy transfers using visual supports (e.g., “heat,” “light,” “sound”)Give examples of how energy transfers using sentence frames and graphic supportsDescribe how energy transfers using sentence frames and graphic supports (e.g., “____ energy is transferred. ____ energy is stored.”)Compare and contrast how energy transfers using graphic supportsDiscuss how energy transfers using graphic supportsTOPIC-RELATED LANGUAGE: Students at all levels of English language proficiency interact with grade-level words and expressions, such as: energy transfer, conservation of energy, sound wave, kinetic energy, potential energy, thermal energyIVThe next slides will provide an overview of the amplified elements of the 2012 ELD Standards, including:Standards ConnectionExample Context for Language UseCognitive functionTopic-related languageTopic-related Language
24 Standards Connection The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Provides a direct connection to grade-level content standards, including:The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)The Next Generation Science StandardsOther state standardsThe example below draws from the CCSS:IVAlso includes the standards of other states in the WIDA consortium that are not adopting the Common Core, like Alaska, Minnesota, and Virginia, but maintain their rigor.
25 Example Context for Language Use Highlights the importance of teaching language in a meaningful contextProvides examples for teachers to think about possible:instructional tasksaudiencesregistersgenresIVThe example context for language use includes the task or situation in which communication occurs.
26 Cognitive FunctionAdopted terms from Bloom’s revised taxonomyAll MPIs across a strand now relate to a common cognitive functionExpect higher cognitive functioning from ALL studentsIVLearning through participation in tasks within and outside the classroom requires particular levels of cognitive demand.WIDA expresses this cognitive demand in the new standards framework, through the COGNITIVE FUNCTION.
27 Cognitive FunctionIVImportant to remind participants here that underlying the language function (communication process) is the cognitive demand, which is applicable across all levels of English language proficiency.
28 Topic-Related Language Gives students access to a grade-level language-rich environment while they are acquiring EnglishGrade 3 Language of Mathematics example:TOPIC-RELATED LANGUAGE: Students at all levels of English language proficiency interact with grade-level words and expressions, such as: square unit, unit squares, length, width, areaNTAlthough students may be at different points in their language development trajectory, when learning particular content, certain specific and technical language is essential for engaging in learning the ideas and concepts presented.Through the use of scaffolding and supports, students should have the opportunity to interact with language.
29 The Content Stem/Example Topic The Elements of the MPIThe Language FunctionThe Content Stem/Example TopicThe SupportNTEach MPI consists of three main elements: language function, content stem/example topic, and type of support.
30 Elements of Model Performance Indicators The Model Performance Indicator (MPI) consists of three elements:Language function: describes how students use language to demonstrate their proficiencyContent stem/example topic: specifies context for language instruction; derived from state content standardsSupport: sensory, graphic, or interactive resources embedded in instruction and assessment that help students construct meaning from language and contentNT30
31 Content Stem/Example Topic Instructional Support Elements of MPIsContent Stem/Example TopicLanguage FunctionFollow oral directions to design area maps using manipulatives and illustrated examples in small groupsNTAn example MPI fromGrade: 3Standard 3: The Language of MathematicsProficiency Level: 3Instructional Support
32 The Model Performance Indicator Language Function NTAnother example
34 The Model Performance Indicator Support or Strategy NT
35 Support ExamplesNTInstructional supports illustrate the importance of scaffolding language development for ELLs, at least through level 4.WIDA categorizes supports as sensory, graphic, or interactive, with some examples of each provided in the table. These can be found the in the 2007 Edition of the WIDA ELP Standards.
36 Specific Examples of Sensory Supports NTHere are specific examples of the supports used in different content areas. These lists are not exhaustive. This graphic can be found in the 2007 Edition of the WIDA ELP Standards.
37 Example Use of Graphic Organizers NT Students might refer to graphic organizers as they read to remind them of key language related to each narrative point of view. This graphic can be found in the 2007 Edition of the WIDA ELP Standards.
38 A Blank Template for customizing strands GRADE: _________NTA blank template is available in the 2012 Amplified Standards to customize strands for your local context.The 2012 Standards include MPIs for each grade level that illustrate differentiated language expectations within one content-area and one language domainThe presented strands are only examples of language expectations and not guidelinesTeachers can look back at the 2007 Standards Edition for additional examples, or to create, innovate, transform, and customize the standards matrices to best meet the needs of their ELLsWe also invite teachers to transform the strands by swapping out elements of MPIs to customize them for their local context
39 Special Strands Integrated strands Complementary strands Expanded strandsIVSeveral special strands have been added to the 2012 standards framework. They each highlight certain aspects of language development.
40 Integrated StrandsShow how one unit of instruction integrates all four language domainsEncourage educators to prepare units incorporating multiple language domains and subject areasHelp students make important learning connections across disciplinesIVListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
42 Complementary Strands Address language used in electives, including:Music and Performing ArtsHumanitiesVisual ArtsHealth and Physical EducationTechnology and EngineeringLanguage learning occurs throughout the school day, formally and informallyIVThere is one complementary strand per grade level to reach a broader range of educators who work with ELLs
44 Linguistic Complexity Language Forms & Conventions Expanded Strands“Expanded” strands display the features of academic language:Provide concrete examples of language at discourse, sentence, and word/phrase levelsShow how MPIs are connected to Performance DefinitionsInform teachers’ planning and instructionLinguistic Complexity(Discourse Level)Language Forms & Conventions(Sentence Level)Vocabulary Usage(Word/Phrase Level)NT
45 An Expanded StrandNTParticipants should have a handout of an example expanded strand, this one is from p. 27 of the 2012 Amplification of the WIDA ELD Standards.
46 CAN DO DescriptorsProvide teachers with information on the language students are able to understand and produce in the classroom in within all five ELD standards.Available in both English and Spanish for the following grade-level clusters:PreK-K Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12Grade 1-2 Grades 9-12Grades 3-5IVOne other standards-referenced resource is the CAN DO Descriptors. These are often used in interpreting the results of WIDA assessments so that teachers can see what students can do in each language domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing). They are a good first step for introducing content-area teachers and other educators to the process of language development.To download for free, go to:To preview and/or purchase full-color, laminated spiral booklets, visit our Online Store at:
47 Let’s plot Jose Carlos’ ACCESS for ELLs results on the CAN DO Descriptors:Listening 4.1Speaking 6.0Reading 5.0Writing 3.8IVHere’s an example of how we might use the CAN DO Descriptors to understand a score report for an example student (Jose Carlos).
48 4.1IVThese are the bullet points within the CAN DO Descriptors showing what Jose Carlos can do in Listening and Speaking, based on what was listed on his score report.6.0
49 5.0These are the bullet points within the CAN DO Descriptors showing what Jose Carlos can do in Reading and Writing, based on what was listed on his score report.3.8
51 Sources Aspen Institute Council of Great City Schools WIDA 2012 WIDA Debut ConferenceDPI Disciplinary Online Module
52 Presentation Development Charlotte “Nadja” Trez, NCDPI ESL/Title III Office Ivanna Mann Thrower, NCDPI ESL/Title III Office Lindsey Fults, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Deborah Wilkes, Durham County Schools NCDPI WIDA/Common Core Task Force
53 What could be done differently! Process CheckWhatworked well?What could be done differently!Participants provide feedback using post-it notes on the Plus/Delta chart and Parking Lot
54 Charlotte “Nadja” Trez ContactsIvanna Mann ThrowerESL/Title III ConsultantNC Department of Public InstructionCharlotte “Nadja” TrezESL Website