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Introducing the Illinois School Code: ARTICLE 14C. TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION (105 ILCS 5/14C-1)

Sec. 14C-1. The General Assembly finds that there are large numbers of children in this State who come from environments where the primary language is other than English. Experience has shown that public school classes in which instruction is given only in English are often inadequate for the education of children whose native tongue is another language. The General Assembly believes that a program of transitional bilingual education can meet the needs of these children and facilitate their integration into the regular public school curriculum.

Therefore, pursuant to the policy of this State to insure equal educational opportunity to every child, and in recognition of the educational needs of children of limited English-speaking ability, it is the purpose of this Act to provide for the establishment of transitional bilingual education programs in the public schools, and to provide supplemental financial assistance to help local school districts meet the extra costs of such programs. (Source: P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

The lessons in this module, we will learn about two categories of programs described in the school code, various components of each, and how to access both state and federal funding to help schools meet the extra costs of implementing such programs.

Course Objectives

By completing this course, the participant will be able to:

Program Models

    • self assess their understanding of key terms regarding programs for ELLs.
    • understand different TBE programs for ELLs.
    • understand different TPI programs for ELLs.

Funding

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    • access to funding applications for ELLs in Illinois’ public schools.

English Language Learner Certificate

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    • access to funding applications for ELLs in Illinois’ public schools.
    • locate various certification opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers in Illinois.

Getting Started

In this course, we will be referring to the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards. Go to: http://www.wida.us/standards/elp.aspx to download and print your own copy of the English Proficiency Standards before continuing this module.

When you have accessed the WIDA site, you will find a number of resources available. For this module, we will be using the following documents. You can go to the WIDA site above or download them from here:

NOTE: The ELP standards are available as two separate documents to reduce the size of the download. If you have any difficulty opening these documents, please make sure that your computer has the latest version of Adobe Reader installed (www.adobe.com).