Wood Dale District 7 English Learners Programs

Wood Dale School District 7 Dual Language Program

  • District 7 students identified having Limited English Proficiency (LEP) as English Learners (ELs), receive assistance in the Dual Language classroom, ESL classroom  and/or through small group sessions inside or outside of the classroom provided by an ESL/Bilingual Teachers, ESL/Bilingual Specialists and bilingual Paraprofessionals.

    Dual Language Program:This program allows students of non-Spanish speaking backgrounds and Spanish backgrounds to become bilingual, biliterate and multicultural.  This placement requires the commitment of all families to keep their students in the program in grades K-5th. The main purpose of this program is to provide ELL services to students who need language support identified by the Pre-IPT, MODEL and/or the WIDA Screener.  This program must be taught by a certified teacher or teachers who are fluent in the target language and in English. The district currently has two types of dual language programs:

    • One-Way Dual Language   (ECEC and for grades 2nd-5th)

    One Way Dual: Students of Spanish speaking backgrounds are place in classrooms where they  receive instruction in Spanish and English through 5th grade. The goals of this program are to develop bilingualism/biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students.

    • Two-Way Dual Language (Kindergarten and First Grade)

    Two Way Dual includes about 50% of native English-speaking students and  about 50% of Spanish speaking background students in a classroom.  The commitment is for students to stay in the program through 5th grade.  The goals of this program are to develop bilingualism/biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students.   The Dual Language program goals are for students to:

    • Become bilingual, biliterate and multicultural
    • Perform academically at grade level in Spanish and English
    • Use two languages comfortably and effectively in social and academic settings appropriate for their age level
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity and cross-cultural competence across a variety of social situations.
    • Close the achievement gap of English Language Learners
    • Provide the opportunity for students, whose first language is not Spanish, to become bilingual
    • Engage in a rigorous curriculum align to state standards
    • Cultivate a lifelong love for language learning and an appreciation for cultural diversity