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Can Do Descriptors

Look at all we can do!

Creating learning environments for language learners based on what they can do!

The Can Do Descriptors highlight what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they engage in teaching and learning in academic contexts.


WIDA is proud to announce the release of the K–12 Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition, the Early Years Can Do Descriptors (for children 2.5–5.5 years old), and the K–12 PODEMOS, the Spanish Language Development Edition of the Can Do Descriptors. The links below will take you directly to their pages.

Los Descriptores Podemos, K-12 Spanish Language Development

Clustered according to ACCESS 2.0 grade bands

 

Note of Thanks

The development of the Can Do Descriptors represents the work of many educators in the field. WIDA would like to extend its appreciation to everyone who contributed through their expertise to this work, including the staff at the Center for Applied Linguistics for their ongoing partnership and support. We invite you to view a full list of educators who participated in the development workshop (PDF), national experts who shared their expertise in the development process, and all those who participated in the review of the descriptors.

K-12 Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition

Look at all we can do!

Creating learning environments for language learners based on what they can do!

The K–12 Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition highlights what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they meaningfully participate in the college and career readiness standards.


The WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition, K-12 offers a focus on what language learners can do to participate meaningfully in teaching and learning in academic contexts.  This edition is organized around four over-arching communicative purposes, called Key Uses: Recount, Explain, Argue, and Discuss.

Here’s what’s included in this edition:

  • Descriptors for language proficiency level 6, Reaching
  • Representation of the four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Examples of listening and speaking communicative skills in the Key Use of Discuss to highlight the importance of oral language development for language learners
  • Descriptors for the grade and grade-level bands K, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12
  • Connections to the academic expectations outlined in College and Career-readiness standards

Webinar for K-12 Educators

 

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The WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition for grade-level bands K, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12 are available for free download or for purchase as a spiral-bound, laminated booklet. Order Now

Early Years Can Do Descriptors

Look at all we can do!

Creating learning environments for young dual language learners based on what they can do! 

The Early Years Can Do Descriptors provide examples of what young dual language learners can do at various stages of language development.


WIDA is proud to publish the very first edition of Can Do Descriptors for dual language learners (DLLs), ages 2.5–5.5.  The Early Years Can Do Descriptors provide examples of what DLLs can do at various stages of language development.  

The Early Years Can Do Descriptors:

  • are organized by age clusters 2.5–3.5, 3.5–4.5, and 4.5–5.5 that correspond to those in the WIDA English Language Development Standards for Early Years
  • correspond to the WIDA’s three levels of language development in Early Years: Entering, Developing, and Bridging
  • provide descriptors for receptive and expressive language domains
  • provide examples of language use for three over-arching communicative purposes: Express Self, Recount, and Inquire

Early Years Can Do Descriptors provide insight into how practitioners, working together, can create supportive and language-rich environments so that dual language learners can show what they can do. 

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The Early Years Can Do Descriptors for age clusters 2.5–3.5, 3.5–4.5, and 4.5–5.5 are available for free download or for purchase as a spiral-bound, laminated booklet. Order Now

 

Los Descriptores Podemos

¡Mira todo lo que Podemos hacer!

Use los Podemos para diseñar ambientes de aprendizaje que valoren y tomen en cuenta lo que los estudiantes bilingües pueden hacer. 

Los descriptores Podemos proveen ejemplos de lo que los estudiantes bilingües son capaces de hacer a lo largo de su desarrollo del lenguaje español. 


Coming in spring 2016!

Los Podemos ofrecen ejemplos de lo que los hablantes del español podemos realizar en cada uno de los niveles de desempeño lingüístico.
Características de los Descriptores Podemos:

  • Proporcionan ejemplos del uso del lenguaje para cuatro propósitos académicos: Relatar, Explicar, Argumentar y Discutir
  • Ofrecen ejemplos para 6 diferentes niveles de desempeño lingüístico
  • Presentan ejemplos en 4 modalidades del lenguaje: escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir
  • Incluyen ejemplos para kínder, primer grado y grados combinados 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 y 9-12

Los Podemos apoyan la colaboración entre educadores en la creación y el diseño de ambientes de aprendizaje que favorecen el desarrollo del lenguaje de los estudiantes bilingües con el fin de permitirles mostrar lo que saben y lo que pueden hacer.

Can Do Descriptors, Original Edition

The WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Original Edition are commonly used by ELL teachers in collaborating with general education teachers about instruction and assessment for ELLs. We offer some practical examples below. Read several teachers' accounts of how they use the Can Do Descriptors, Original Edition with the following grade levels/subjects on the WIDA Blog blogger icon

The WIDA Can Do Descriptors, Original Edition includes the following grade level cluster booklets: PreK-Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The documents are available for free download or for purchase as spiral-bound, laminated booklets.