WIDA “CAN DO” Descriptors by Grade Level:
You are probably aware of the English Proficiency level of the English Language Learners in your classes, but how does this translate to classroom expectations? By using these “Can Do” descriptors provided by WIDA, you can get a better picture of how your students can actually be expected to perform in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. These descriptors are very helpful when writing and modifying lesson plans, activities, and assessments.
Can Do Descriptors for Grades 3-5
Can Do Descriptors for Grades 6-8
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards: This page on the WIDA site can help you determine what your ESL students can do in each of the 4 domains (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) in your content area.
Tips for Working With Language Interpreters
Cognates - Words That Sound Similar in Spanish/English
Content Area Challenges for ELLs
Language Acquisition Chart - Includes Tips for Teaching to Each Proficiency Level
Speaking & Writing Rubrics for Classroom Assessment of ELLs
Understanding the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards - Resource Guide