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English Learners (EL)

English Learners

 

The English Learner (EL) and Bilingual Department in District 44 prepares students for social and academic success by providing instruction in a second language.

All EL and Bilingual programs in D44 provide ESL instruction using the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. These standards represent the social, instructional, and academic language that students need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum in schools.

 

  • Standard 1 Social and Instructional Language:
English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.

 

  • Standard 2 The Language of Language Arts:
English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of language arts.

 

  • Standard 3 The Language of Mathematics:
English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of mathematics.

 

  • Standard 4 The Language of Science:
English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of science.

 

  • Standard 5 The Language of Social Studies:
English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of social studies.

 

 

TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM IN ENGLISH: COLLABORATION

The Transitional Program in English provides our non-native English speakers with an opportunity to develop their social and academic language proficiency skills in all four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The program also reinforces the value of the languages and cultures of our diverse student population. ELs from various language backgrounds are placed in mainstream classes to receive either pull-out or push-in instruction in core academic subjects using specific strategies for ELs. In the departmentalized setting of our Middle School, there are specific EL/sheltered core academic courses offered across several core content areas.   ELs in mainstream classes receive additional services in English through differentiation, or as a separate instructional resource period with an EL teacher.

 

GOALS  

Students will:

Develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the English language
Meet academic standards in all content areas
Engage in a rigorous curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core.
Build on cultural and linguistic backgrounds to promote success in learning
Promote appreciation and understanding of multiculturalism

 

TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL PROGRAM: SELF-CONTAINED

The Self-Contained Transitional Bilingual Education program at our Early Childhood Center and Madison School accelerates academic excellence through the teaching of two languages. EL Students in the program are from the same language background with varying levels of English language proficiency and varying levels of proficiency in Spanish. Core academic content is taught in English and Spanish, and students exhibit academic achievement in both languages. EL students remain in the program for the duration, even after meeting the state mandated English language proficiency criteria. Self-contained bilingual instruction provides our students the opportunity to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.

 

GOALS

Students will:

Develop high levels of proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English and Spanish
Meet academic standards in all content areas in both English and Spanish
Engage in a rigorous curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core
Increase cognitive skills and academic abilities that will transfer to overall higher achievement
Cultivate a lifelong love for language learning and an appreciation for cultural diversity

 

TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL PROGRAM: COLLABORATION

This program provides mainstream instruction in core academic subjects in English with home language support and instruction offered as needed through a pull-out and/or push-in model. Support gradually shifts to instruction mainly in English. In the departmentalized setting of our Middle School, there are specific EL/sheltered core academic courses offered across several core content areas. Home language instruction and support is provided as needed in these courses. ELs in mainstream classes receive additional services in English through differentiation, or as a separate instructional resource period with an EL teacher.

 

GOALS

Students will:

Develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the English language
Meet academic standards in all content areas
Engage in a rigorous curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core
Build on cultural and linguistic backgrounds to promote success in learning
Promote appreciation and understanding of multiculturalism