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Multilingual Program Options

All multilingual learner programs include English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for students identified as English learners.  ESL instruction develops students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.Location:

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI)

Students: PreK-12 students

Goals: Academic achievement. Proficiency in English.

Instruction: All instruction and materials are in English. Instruction is designed so that ELs can access grade-level content and develop English proficiency. In most SEI classes, ELs learn alongside non-ELs.

Location:

  • All WPS schools except La Familia Dual Language School

Dual Language Education (DL)

Students: PreK-10 students who speak Spanish, English, and/or other languages

Goals: Academic achievement. Bilingualism and biliteracy in English and Spanish. Cross-cultural competency.

Instruction: Instruction and materials in English and Spanish. Instruction is designed so students can access grade-level content and develop English and Spanish proficiency. Students make connections between languages and develop cross-cultural competency. Two-way dual language integrates ELs, former ELs and non-ELs who speak different home languages. One-way dual language integrates ELs, former ELs, and non-ELs who speak Spanish as a home language.

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Locations:

  • One-Way DL
    • Woodland Academy
  • Two-Way DL
    • La Familia Dual Language School (PreK-6)
    • Chandler Magnet (PreK-6) Elementary School
    • Burncoat Middle School (7-8)
    • Burncoat High School (9-10)

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)

Students: K-6 students at English proficiency levels 1-2

Goals: Academic achievement. Enough proficiency in English to transition to SEI.

Instruction: Instruction and materials are in English and Spanish. Students learn most grade-level content in Spanish while they are developing English proficiency. Gradually students learn more content in English. Once students attain sufficient English proficiency, they transition to SEI.

Location:

  • Chandler Magnet Elementary School

SEI for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

Students: Students ages 8-21 with limited and/or interrupted schooling English proficiency levels 1-2

Goals: Academic achievement. Acceleration of English proficiency.

Instruction: Students learn content through specially designed instruction including experiential learning opportunities and individualized English language development. Once students attain sufficient English proficiency, they transition to mainstream SEI.

Location:

  • New Citizens’ Centers for SLIFE
    • Clark Street Elementary School (ages 8-11)
    • Dr. James Caradonio Center (ages 12-17)
    • Fanning Building (ages 18-21)
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