The ELL Program at the Secondary Level

  • The ELL program at the secondary level offers two programs for ELL Program students Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) in Spanish and Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI).  Both programs are offered at the following schools: Abbott Middle School, Ellis Middle School, Kimball Middle School, Larsen Middle School, Tefft Middle School, Bartlett High School, Elgin High School, Larkin High School, South Elgin High School, and Streamwood High School.  Abbott Middle School, Ellis Middle School, Kimball Middle School, Larsen Middle School, and Tefft Middle School also offer the Dual Language Program at the 7th and 8th grade level.  In addition, Bartlett High School, Elgin High School, Larkin High School, South Elgin High School, and Streamwood High School offer the Dual Language Program at the 9th and 10th grade level.

    Dual Language Program: 7th - 10th Grade

    Students enrolled in the Dual Language Program at the middle school level receive Spanish instruction in Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies within a two-period humanities block.  The bilingual teacher incorporates the four areas of language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing to instruct students in rigorous Spanish and Social Studies or History instruction.  At the high school level, dual language students in the 9th grade receive instruction in Spanish during Spanish Languages Arts, Mathematics, and Science classes.  At the 10th grade level, dual language students receive instruction in Spanish during Spanish Language Arts or AP Spanish Language and Culture classes, Mathematics, and Social Studies classes. 

    Students who qualify for EL services receive a period of ESL instruction.  The licensed teacher(s) strategically plans the ESL periods to ensure structured activities that extend the students' thinking and develop a deep schema to respond to literature and informational texts and fully comprehend academic content in the three subject areas.  The courses comply with state regulations and follow district-approved curriculum, while also meeting the academic and linguistic profile of our students.

    ESL Literacy Block: 11th – 12th Grade

    The literacy block is the integration of reading and writing in two periods of ESL.  ESL licensed teachers incorporate the four areas of language arts: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The literacy block is structured with activities that extend the students' thinking, develop a deep schema and allow students to respond to the literature and informational texts in a focused and purposeful manner.  The balanced literacy approach provides a greater emphasis on finding meaning in the processes of reading and writing.  The course complies with state regulations and follows district-approved curriculum, while also meeting the academic and linguistic profile of our students.  Teachers differentiate instruction according to students’ ESL levels (WIDA) and academic profile.  ESL teachers strategically plan and teach vocabulary and develop language to ensure students' academic success.

    Academic Subjects for 11th – 12th Grade EL Students

    All academic subjects are offered in Spanish (SB course code) or Sheltered English Instruction (ES course code).  The courses are aligned with state academic and language standards and follow district-approved curricula.  These courses are designed to develop subject knowledge as well as academic language in English and Spanish.  ESL students participate in these courses, which are taught with best practices and instructional strategies for second language learners.