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Bilingual Services

Continuum of EL Services

District 93 offers a wide range of services and programs to support its diverse student population. The District offers the following continuum of services to support English Learners.

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)

 

Starting in 2020-2021, Hillside School District 93 will offer a dual language Kindergarten through 4th grade students are receiving TBE services through the co-teaching model. Bilingual certified teachers work in collaboration with the general education teacher to plan lessons using the Common Core and English Language Development Standards.  The teachers use a variety of co-teaching strategies to deliver lessons in English and Spanish in the general education setting.  program starting at Kindergarten using the method of team teaching. This means that dual language classes are team-taught by an English-speaking teacher (ESL trained) and a bilingual teacher who is academically proficient in the partner language. In most cases, the two teachers would have their own classrooms and would teach two classes each day, with the students typically alternating between the classrooms daily. The two classrooms allow for a clean separation of the two languages, since one classroom can be "English World" and the other can be "Spanish World", for example. 

After 4th grade, as students attain proficiency in English, they receive support in the general education setting from certified EL teachers. This support may come in a combination of the EL teacher pushing into the classroom for instruction or pulling out of the classroom for individual or small group instruction.  

Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)

We also offer EL instruction to children who speak languages other than Spanish. We support students within the general education setting wherever possible. Kindergarten through 4th grade students are receiving TPI services through the co-teaching model. Bilingual certified teachers work in collaboration with the general education teacher to plan lessons using the Common Core and English Language Development Standards.  Our dedicated EL teachers join our general education teachers in the classroom to provide a collaborative and holistic approach to academic and English learning.

After 4th grade, as students attain proficiency in English, they receive support in the general education setting from certified EL teachers. This support may come in a combination of the EL teacher pushing into the classroom for instruction or pulling out of the classroom for individual or small group instruction.  

Newcomer Program

Students who are new to learning English benefit from a more intense short-term program that teaches acculturation to the United States. Students attend special classes for short periods of time separate from their native English-speaking peers.

Student Identification

Illinois requires that any child registering in a public school district have a completed Home Language Survey (HLS) on file.

District 93 uses the HLS to identify and screen any student who speaks a language other than English or lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken.