English Learners Identification and Services

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

English Language Development (ELD) is a content subject area. ELD is instruction appropriate for the level of language proficiency as identified for each EL student. The instruction is designed to promote the effective and efficient acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of the EL student. This type of instruction is also known as English as a Second Language (ESL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) is an instructional approach designed to increase the level of comprehensibility of the English language in the content area of the class. The specially designed content instruction in subject matter, such as math or social science, is presented in English to English learners in classes which are restricted to instruction in the subject area and grade level of the prerequisite credential or permit (as applicable).

Students in Alternative Programs are identified at the time of enrollment to determine their need for English Language Development. A home language survey in conjunction with the student's identification as an English Learner in their district of residence or prior school settings determines each individual student status.


District Process for Reclassification of EL Students in Alternative Programs

  1. Reclassification Form is Completed by School Staff and Submitted to Case Management
  2. Parents or adult student are contacted for a Reclassification Meeting
  3. Meeting is held with Adult Student or Parent, School Staff and Case Managers to review reclassification documentation and determine if the student qualifies for reclassification.
  4. Should student qualify, the Parent/Guardian and/or Adult Student is provided evidence of reclassification and state record is adjusted to reflect the new status.


For more information about English Language Learner services and reclassification, please contact Debra Brau, Program Coordinator II at 831-755-0300 x031


Ernesto Vela, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Phone: 831.755.1405

Maricela Cruz

Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 831.784.4224

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