Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) is an effective instructional model for teaching
English language development (ELD) and literacy. The award-winning Project GLAD model created by Marcia Brechtel is based
on the extensive research-base of second language acquisition, brain research and effective literacy practices for second
language learners. GLAD is a strandards-based ELD instructional model that promotes high levels of academic language and achievement
for students at all levels of English proficiency.
The Project GLAD training is an intensive
seven-day training. The first two days consist of an overview of the instructional model, including the research base, theoretical
framework, and backwards planning process of creating content-based ELD units in Science and Social Studies. During the two
day training, teachers also learn about the components of the GLAD model, as well as multiple effective ELD and SDAIE strategies
within each component. The four components of Project GLAD consist of the following:
(which is very similar to building background)
- Input (ways to make cognitively complex concepts
understandable to students)
- Guided Oral Practice (practice of key vocabulary and language objectives)
- Reading/Writing (modeled, shared, collaborative, guided and independent)
focus and motivation component of the Project GLAD ELD instructional model consists of strategies designed to build background
knowledge, motivate students, activate prior knowledge, and enhance academic language. The input component consists of various
comprehensible input strategies that enable teachers to provide core content instruction to students at all proficiency levels
in a comprehensible and understandable way. The guided oral practice component provides multiple comprehensible output strategies
designed to promote the development of academic language. The reading and writing component highlights effective reading and
writing strategies that can be taught whole group through teacher modeling, small group cooperative team opportunities, small
group teacher-led instruction, and independent activities.
the two day training, the Project GLAD training consists of an additional five days of classroom demonstration lessons. Participants
are able to observe one of the Project GLAD presenters teaching an ELD unit to a group of students, while another Project
GLAD presenter coaches participants in the back of the classroom. Teachers watch the classroom demonstration each morning,
and the afternoon sessions are dedicated to debriefing, reflection, and planning.
Project GLAD is a powerful and academically challenging ELD instructional model that promotes high levels of proficiency
in English. Project GLAD training provides intensive professional development to teachers of English learners, and one of
the best things about the training is that teachers will be able to see the strategies being taught in action! When teachers
are able to see the strategies being demonstrated with students, it makes all the more sense to them and improves the likelihood
of implementation at the classroom level.
who have been trained in the SIOP model of ELD would benefit greatly from Project GLAD training, as the two instructional
models complement one another well.