Frequently Asked Questions about TBE
- Will my child be taught the same subjects and learn the same skills as students in the regular program? Yes. All students in Bilingual Education must receive instruction in accordance to the Illinois Learning Standards in their first language, Spanish, and in English. Language arts (reading and writing), mathematics, science and social studies are taught as part of the state mandated curriculum. Music, PE, and Art are also part of a balance curriculum.
- Will my child learn English? Yes. Academic instruction begins in Spanish, the student's first language, and transitions to English. By third grade, student receive half of their instruction in English and half in Spanish. English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is an integral part of the bilingual education program. Students acquire listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English through instruction in core curriculum.
- How will the Bilingual Education Program help my child? The program supports English Learners' linguistic and academic needs because it is grounded on best practice and research-based instructional strategies. It provides equal access to the Illinois Learning Standards by facilitating instruction in Spanish and English. The program instills a positive identity, self-assurance, cultural pride, and confidence in students, and bridges students' academic achievement in core curriculum (from the home language - Spanish to the target language - English).
- How can I become involved in the Bilingual Education Program? You can join the Title III Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and participate in program planning, including allocation of grant and district funds. You can become a volunteer and help in the classroom and after school activities. You can encourage your child to achieve by showing interest in learning and school work. You can provide a place to study at home. You can model literacy by reading and writing with your child in Spanish and/or English.