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Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD)



Project GLAD® (Guided Language Acquisition Design) is one of a handful of existing instructional models that aim to help teachers by providing differentiated strategies to integrate instruction in English and grade-level content in a heterogeneous, mainstream classroom. Project GLAD is a K-12 instructional model consisting of 35 well-articulated strategies. It is particularly designed for teachers who have a significant number of ELLs in their mainstream classrooms. Originally known as Guided Language Experience Process, the model began in California in the 1980s and has been used as a fully developed model since 1991 (Brechtel, 2001). 


The ultimate goal of Project GLAD is to ensure that all students, ELLs and native English speakers, are able to read and write grade-level text and access academic content. Project GLAD seeks to accomplish this by training teachers to use instructional strategies that can be integrated with any curriculum in different subject areas. Most commonly, these areas are in science and social studies.