Bilingual & Multicultural Programs


Bilingual & Multicultural Programs

Joseph Wiemelt
Director of Equity & Student Learning / Bilingual & Multicultural Programs217-384-3650
jwiemelt@usd116.org
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The following information will explain our Bilingual & Multicultural Programs in USD 116. Please feel free to contact Joseph Wiemelt, Director of Equity & Student Learning / Bilingual & Multicultural Programs with any questions you may have about our programs.

The Urbana School District #116 values the diversity of our student population. On average there are approximately 750 students who speak a language other than English in USD 116. Of those students, there are approximately 400 English Language Learners (ELLs) attending USD 116 schools, which is approximately 10% of our total student population. ELLs are students who are still developing their English proficiency and are eligible to participate in our Bilingual & Multicultural Programs. There are 46 different languages represented from our student population and our students come from countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The world truly comes to Urbana School District 116!

Program Goals

  • Provide Emerging Bilingual Students, students whose native language is not English, and are developing both the native language and English, the opportunity to receive equal and equitable access to education.
  • Develop English Language Proficiency according to the WIDA Language Proficiency standards.
  • Develop Native Language Proficiency for students in the bilingual programs in order to promote bilingualism and biculturalism.
  • Meet or Exceed the Illinois Academic Learning Standards (Math, Science, Reading, etc.)
  • Support learners’ linguistic and academic needs with research based instruction.
  • Promote multicultural awareness and diverse learning environments throughout the district.
  • Provide parents and families of Emerging Bilingual students with the ability to actively participate in the education of their children.

 

USD 116 ESL/Bilingual Policies

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) –

The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) is a requirement for TBE programs. PAC is a parent organization that supports the educational, extra-curricular, and social needs of the students. It consists of the bilingual director, parents, bilingual teachers, counselors, and a community leader. During BPAC meetings the discussions may include program information, provide an avenue for parents to ask questions and express concerns, and Urbana School District 116 to continuously work to improve the quality of education for all students.

Assessments

W-APT Screener

The W-APT screener is an abbreviated version of the ACCESS test for ELLs.  It is given to all new students in the district if a non-English language is indicated on the Home Language Survey.  The test is administered by Multicultural Program staff and takes approximately 30 minutes or more depending on the English ability of the student.

ACCESS for ELLs

ACCESS is an annual state English proficiency test given to all Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in grades K-12. The ACCESS test must be given to all LEP students in and out of the ESL/Bilingual programs until they obtain a 4.8 composite proficiency level with a 4.2 literacy proficiency level on a testing tier B or C.  Scoring is based on the English proficiency standards as developed by the WIDA Consortium.  Students are tested in 5 areas: Social and Instructional Language, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  All 4 language domains are assessed within these content areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Different test are given by grade cluster: K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  In addition there are 3 tiers (A, B, C) that are assigned individually based on the English proficiency level of the student.  Testing is administered by the Bilingual & Multicultural Program Department and given by certified teaching staff.  To learn more about the ACCESS test, visit http://isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/access.htm

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

http://isbe.net/assessment/isat.htm

Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)

http://isbe.net/assessment/psae.htm

Logramos:

Logramos is used to measure student achievement in Spanish in the areas of vocabulary, word analysis, reading comprehension, listening, language development and mathematics concepts across all grades, K-12.  Bilingual teachers in the Spanish Bilingual programs in USD 116 administer Logramos testing.

Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)

District bilingual programs are made accountable through AMAOs.  There are 3 components to these measures.  (1) The percentage of students who make progress toward English language proficiency.  (2) The percentage of students who attain English language proficiency.  (3) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for English Language Learners based on the state’s academic content assessments (ISAT and PSAE). The state target for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in 2010 is 77.5% Meeting/Exceeding Standards for reading and mathematics.

 

USD 116 Bilingual & Multicultural Programs

Transitional Bilingual Education

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs are required at schools where there are 20 or more Limited English Proficient (LEP) students of the same language.  Currently Urbana School District 116 offers the TBE program to students who speak Spanish and Chinese.   Schools that support the TBE program are King Elementary School (Chinese), Urbana Middle School (Spanish), and Urbana High School (Spanish).

The Transitional Bilingual Education program is for non-native English speaking students who have difficulty with written or spoken English.  The program provides instruction in the student’s native language (Spanish or Chinese) with transition into English.  The program helps student to succeed in academic subjects and learn English and develop their native language.  The classes count toward graduation requirements.

Transitional Program of Instruction/English as a Second Language

The Transitional Program of Instruction is for non-native English speaking students who have difficulty with written or spoken English.  The program provides support to help students succeed in academic subjects and learn English.  The classes count toward graduation requirements.

Two-Way Immersion (Dual Language Education)

Dual Language is a bilingual education program that integrates native Spanish speaking students with native English speaking students for instruction in and through two languages (Spanish AND English).  The program includes equal numbers of two groups of students: native English speakers and native Spanish speakers (50% of each language group, or 33% minimum of one group).  Students spend part of the school day learning in their native language and part of the day learning in their non-native language.  Students in dual language programs develop high-levels of proficiency in their own language as well as a second language.  The benefits of balanced bilingualism allow for creativity and problem solving, greater cross-cultural understanding, and marketability for future college and career goals in a bilingual and multilingual society.  Schools that support the Dual Language program are Leal Elementary School (Spanish/English) and Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr Elementary School (Spanish/English).

For more information about our Dual Language program and an application for your student to attend one of the Dual Language schools, please visit our Dual Language web page.

Schools

Urbana Early Childhood School (UECS)

UECS is for children ages 3-5. UECS serves linguistically and culturally diverse populations and supports families in maintaining and developing their home language and culture in order to give linguistically and culturally diverse children equitable opportunities to succeed socially, emotionally, and academically and to enable linguistically and culturally diverse families to participate in the education of their children.

  • Half-day sessions in Spanish or English: 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. (2 1/2 hours a day)

UECS Bilingual/ESL Staff:

Visit Urbana Early Chilldhood School at http://www.usd116.org/uecs

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Leal Elementary School

Leal Elementary school offers a Two-Way Immersion (Dual Language) program for Kindergarten through 5th grades.  These classrooms are taught in Spanish and in English.

The following chart shows the program structure of the bilingual program for bilingual students in K-5.

Language Arts & Reading Bilingual Heritage Language Math Science Social Studies P.E. Fine Arts
K Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish English
1st Spanish Spanish Spanish English English Spanish and English English
2nd Spanish Spanish Spanish English English Spanish and English English
3rd Spanish and English Spanish English  with Spanish support English 
English English English
4th Spanish and English Spanish English with Spanish support English English English English
5th Spanish and English Spanish English  with Spanish support English English English English

Leal Bilingual/ESL Staff:

Visit Leal School at http://www.usd116.org/leal

Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary School

Dr. Williams Elementary school offers a Two-Way Immersion (Dual Language) program at Kindergarten through 3rd grades.  These classrooms are taught in Spanish and in English.

The following chart shows the program structure of the bilingual program for bilingual students in K-3.

Language Arts & Reading Bilingual Heritage Language Math Science Social Studies P.E. Fine Arts
K Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish English
1st Spanish Spanish Spanish English English Spanish and English English
2nd Spanish Spanish Spanish English English Spanish and English English
3rd Spanish and English Spanish English  with Spanish support English 
English English English
4th Spanish and English Spanish English with Spanish support English English English English

Dr. Williams Bilingual/ESL Staff:

Visit Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary School at http://www.usd116.org/drwilliams

King Elementary School

King Elementary School offers the multicultural program for all students who speak another language that is different than English as their first language.  King school offers content-based English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students in K-5. Native Language instruction is also available for the majority of the native languages spoken by the students. The native language classes are Mandarin Chinese, French, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Arabic.

King Bilingual/ESL Staff:

Part-Time Native Language Instructors:

Visit King School at http://www.usd116.org/king

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Urbana Middle School

Urbana Middle School offers both a Transitional Bilingual Program for Spanish speakers as well as a Multicultural Program for all other English Language Learners. The program provides a content area approach to language development for students with limited proficiency in English. Courses are offered in science, history, geography, and English, with the emphasis on both understanding of content and language acquisition. These classes may include students from grades six to eight. Students complete their schedules with instruction in mainstream classes. Native Spanish-speaking students are also provided with the opportunity to take a Transitional Bilingual and Heritage Spanish Language class that focus on the native language, cultures, and history of both the students’ native country and the United States.  All ELLs are transitioned into a full grade level program of study when appropriate.

UMS ESL/Bilingual Courses:

  • ESL Newcomer
  • ESL Newcomer Science
  • Spanish Heritage Language

Bilingual/ESL Staff:

Visit UMS at http://www.usd116.org/ums

Urbana High School

Urbana High School offers both a Transitional Bilingual Program for Spanish speakers as well as a Multicultural Program for all other English Language Learners. The program provides a content area approach to language development for students with limited proficiency in English. Courses are offered in science, history, geography, and English, with the emphasis on both understanding of content and language acquisition. These classes may include students from grades nine to twelve. Students complete their schedules with instruction in mainstream classes. Native Spanish-speaking students are also provided with the opportunity to take a Transitional Bilingual and Heritage Spanish Language class that focus on the native language, cultures, and history of both the students’ native country and the United States. All ELLs are transitioned into a full grade level program of study when appropriate.

UHS ESL/Bilingual Courses

Courses

  • ESL 101/102
  • ESL 103/104
  • ESL 105/106
  • ESL Integrated Physical Science
  • ESL Biology
  • Bilingual U.S. History
  • Bilingual Government (1 semester)
  • Bilingual Consumer Education (1 semester)
  • Bilingual World History
  • Spanish Heritage Language
  • Bilingual Health
  • Bilingual/ESL Academic Support

Bilingual/ESL Staff:

Visit UHS at http://www.usd116.org/uhs

District Staff:

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