EL Program Options
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)
A Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program is provided at schools where there are 20 or more students of one language group in the EL program. A certified bilingual teacher provides first language instruction as the medium of instruction. The aim is to transition students to an all-English classroom with a solid foundation in their native language.
TBE classrooms teach students content in their native language, develop social and academic English language proficiency in order to assist students in their transition into English-only classrooms. Classroom structures will aid students in meeting Illinois Common Core Standards as well as the Illinois English Language Proficiency Standards while developing both social and academic language in all language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)
The Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) supports classroom instruction for English Learners in grades K-8. The program helps students develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and is taught by English Learner (EL) Specialists.