Our K-12 EL instructional model emphasizes learning language through content. EL teachers help students build a foundation of content knowledge, academic skills, and language proficiency. This foundation helps ELs access academic content in their grade-level classes. EL, Special Education, and content area teachers collaborate and coordinate curriculum to reinforce content and language taught to EL students. Content-based text series have been adopted at all grade levels (K-12) to support this model.
Intermediate School District 287 has developed a balanced approach to servicing ELs and includes a number of instructional models including English Language Development and Co-taught Classes. Our EL teachers have co-taught in a number of classes including: literacy, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
Clustering and Class Placement
Our school district clusters ELs by language proficiency and proximal age to promote strong academic and social support systems within the classroom.
Time of Service Recommendations
The EL Department has established minimum times of direct English instruction for all grade levels. Less proficient students receive more hours of instruction than those who are more proficient.
Older students generally require more instruction because there tends to be a greater academic discrepancy between them and their native English-speaking peers. Our time of service recommendations are: