District 158 offers a number of programs to support the growth of both English language skills and academic skills for students learning English. Programs are designed to meet the “No Child Left Behind” requirements as well as the State requirements for English Language Learners (ELL).
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) is for English language learners who have not reached the language proficiency criteria required by the State. Students receive explicit language instruction in the four domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This program provides instruction in the student’s native language to facilitate the transition into English. The program helps students acquire the concepts in the core academic subjects and acquire English skills at the same time. The classes count toward graduation requirements. CSD158 offers this program in Spanish for grades K-2 at Chesak Elementary, K-5 at Leggee Elementary, and for grades 3-5 at Martin Elementary.
The program serves students when 20 or more of the same language group attend one attendance center. Children are instructed in their native language while they learn English.
Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI), commonly referred to as English as a Second Language (ESL), is for English language learners who have not reached the language proficiency criteria required by the State. Students participate in the mainstream classroom for most of the time and receive ESL instruction in a small group setting in a Push-in or Pull-out model. The program helps students acquire English language skills that will help them succeed in the core academic areas in the mainstream classroom. The classes count toward graduation requirements at the high school level. District 158 offers this program for grades K-5 in all of the elementary buildings, grades 6-8 at Marlowe and Heineman Middle Schools, and grades 9-12 at Huntley High School.
The program serves students when 19 or less of the same language group attend one attendance center. The program allows students to focus on developing English and educational concepts appropriate for their ability and language level throughout the day.
The goals of the programs for English Language Learners (ELL) are:
- To provide the learning opportunities that will accelerate the acquisition of English and the academic development of all ELLs.
- To help all ELL’s reach English proficiency levels according to the State standards.
- To provide a safe learning environment that values culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
English Language Development Standards establish a common yardstick across the state that defines and measures how English Language Learners systematically acquire language in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each standard addresses a specific content area. The standards focus on the language needed and used by English language learners to succeed in school.