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