The English Language Learning (ELL) Program in West Chicago Elementary District 33 employs various instructional models where students work within a classroom setting, in small groups or individually with an ELL teacher. The amount of support the student receives is based upon the student’s level of English proficiency, as determined by the W-APT or MODEL assessment.
The ELL Program has two components: English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education. English as a Second Language and Bilingual support is offered at each of the District 33 schools.
The goals of the ELL Program are to develop English skills while students are learning core academic content and to develop academic English proficiency to enable students to successfully make the transition into mainstream classes. ESL is taught through academic content using a variety of instructional strategies. In addition to ESL services, students in the Bilingual Education Program receive native language support through the content areas in an effort to support second language acquisition.