The linguistic and cultural diversity of our students enriches our learning community. Our ESL and bilingual education teachers provide meaningful instruction that maximizes the academic and linguistic development of English language learners. I am proud to be a part of a team that recognizes the value of two languages and cultures; promotes high academic achievement; and celebrates all students’ contributions to our ever-changing global society.

-Maria Alanis

The English as a Second Language (ESL)/Bilingual Education Department supports the District’s mission and its Strategic Plan in assuring equal educational access for English Learners (ELs) and their families. By offering a number of instructional models to support students whose first language is not English and who are not proficient in English, we align content with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and adapt and modify the delivery of instruction to align with EL students’ levels of English proficiency. Our EL programs are based on research and best practices to ensure that the interrelationship between socio-cultural, linguistic, academic, and cognitive processes is supported and that EL students have meaningful and successful learning experiences without forfeiting their home languages and cultures. We honor, respect, and promote speaking more than one language and learning in multilingual and multicultural modalities. 

Click on the link below to hear one of our Washington Bilingual students reading his poem.


CUSD #4 announces their April 2017 Champaign Unit 4 School District Staff Spotlight winner: 

Cody Gayhart, ESL Teacher at Stratton Elementary - Nominated by Casey Kashnig

Nominator Casey Kashnig had this to say about Cody:

Like most teachers, Cody puts everything he has into teaching his students. However, he is in a unique position to serve his students and their families unlike most members of the Unit 4 family. Cody has been the French speaking ESL teacher at Stratton Arts Academy longer than I have been here. He often gets students on his caseload that have arrived to not only our school but have arrived to this country in the past few days. These students speak little, if any, English, and they are often scared. Cody is the kind-hearted man that they can speak French with and connect to. Cody teaches them, and their families, the norms of being in America. His ability to speak French is the venue to connecting with this population. Without Cody, I do not know if we would have become a French dual language school.