Service Overview

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Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5006
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Kristine Patterson

Director of EL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479
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Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007

Language Proficiency Description

Services Provided by Language Proficiency Level

 

Entering Level 1: Level one students at all grade levels focus on the development of basic interpersonal communicative English and are introduced to academic language through speaking, listening, reading and writing instruction. Students receive predominantly pull-out instruction from the EL teacher. Kindergarten students receive five periods of service a week. Students in grades 1-8 receive 15 to 18 periods of service per week.

Beginning Level 2: Level two students at all grade levels focus on oral language acquisition and continue to develop academic language through speaking, listening, reading and writing instruction. Students receive predominantly pull-out instruction from the EL teacher. Kindergarten students receive five periods of service a week. Students in grades 1-8 receive 13 to 15 periods of service per week.

Developing Level 3: Level three students at all grade levels continue to develop and apply academic language through speaking, listening, reading and writing instruction. Students receive a combination of pull-out and push-in instruction from the EL teacher. Kindergarten students receive two periods of service a week. Students in grades 1-8 receive seven to ten periods of service per week.

Expanding Level 4: Level four students are applying their academic language skills to content within the classroom. Students may receive push in support from the EL teacher as they use English in reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. The EL teacher works collaboratively with grade level teams to plan for linguistic scaffolding within content instruction.

Bridging Level 5: While students are no longer considered part of the EL caseload, the EL teachers continue to monitor the progress of students who have exited the District 34 EL program. The EL teams and grade level teachers collaborate to provide any linguistic scaffolding required to support students in their learning.