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English Language Development

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District English Language Development (ELD) Program is a research-based pull-out program that provides direct English language instruction in the domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Based on your child’s English Proficiency Level, he/she is eligible to receive one to two hours of direct ELD instruction daily with a certified English as a Second Language/English Language Development teacher.
Our ELD program has met state targets for measuring student growth in English language development and has attained language proficiency. Some advantages of your child participating in direct ELD instruction are:
• Small group instruction
• Academic support tailored to specific student needs
• Native language support when available
• Classes with other English learners
• Supplemental resources (i.e. software programs, bilingual dictionaries, picture dictionaries)

Can Do Descriptors

According to WIDA, the Can Do Descriptors represent what learners can do with language across different content areas. Although the Can Do Descriptors relate to the Standards, they don't replace them but supplement them during instruction. For Can Do Descriptors by grade level, visit the WIDA site

Parent Resources


For more information regarding the English Language Development Program in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, contact 
Dr. Rochelle Koury-Speier
Director of Administrative & Student Services 
730 S. Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 
(570) 826-7111 Ext. 1125 
Ms. Erika Hanson
ELD Student Testing Information
1 S. Sherman St. 
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702