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.
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.
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.
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.