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.
English Language Learner PROGRAM GOALS
- To provide English Language Learner students (ELLs) equal educational access and benefits. To provide native language instruction (TBE) in accordance with students’ individual needs in order to maximize their academic progress and cognitive development.
- To enable English Language Learners to become proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English (TBE/TPI).
- To foster a multicultural experience that develops students’ cross-cultural communication, and promotes cultural pride, assurance and confidence.
- To provide ongoing assessment for screening, placement, diagnostic evaluation, progress monitoring, exit, follow-up and support.
- To facilitate continual program improvement through ongoing evaluation in order to meet the changing needs of the district and its individual schools.
- To provide services for English Language Learners with special needs in coordination with student services.
- To encourage parents and community members to support and participate in the education of English Language Learners.
- To promote a postive image in the community of English Language Learners, their families and the ELL program through high expectations, rigorous curriculum and clear and consistent program implementation.
- To comply with Federal/State regulations.