In keeping with state and national standards and research-based best practices, the overall goal of District’s Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) otherwise known as English as a Second Language (ESL) and the English/Spanish Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs is to promote the acquisition of social and academic English language and literacy skills. This includes the development of learning, critical thinking, and problem solving in all academic subjects in order to promote students’ academic success and active participation as members of American society. The primary goal of both programs is for English Learners (ELs) to succeed in academically challenging programs that respect and build upon the unique cultural and linguistic attributes they bring to school. The goals of both programs are grounded on a laser-like focus on meeting the needs of English Learners in a variety of traditional and nontraditional ways to promote ELs’ development of English language proficiency, full transition into mainstream classes, realization of appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion, and high school graduation.
Children are growing up in a complex, highly competitive global economy in which our total knowledge is doubling every few years. We exist in a global society that requires extraordinary skills and talents as well as a pace of life never before experienced in human history. Our multilingual needs as a society are celebrated as our cultures are no longer separated by bodies of water or land but only by the limits we place on the appreciation of human diversity.
Reading, writing, and speaking English well are all critical skills for living the American dream. Nineteen states have reported an increase of more than 50 percent in English Language Learners over the last three years—and that growth is expected to continue. America's schools need help.-No Child Left Behind
To accommodate the growth in the number of second language learners coming to Champaign, our district has strengthened its commitment to provide appropriate learning environments and support services for second language learners and their families. See an overview of the ESL and Bilingual Education Programs in the PowerPoint slides about ESL in Unit 4.
Student who are recent arrivals to the United States may experience culture shock. Culture shock occurs when a student is overwhelmed by the cultural difference between the home country and the United States. Some symptoms of culture shock are sadness, depression, tiredness, fear, frustration, and isolation. As a result, classroom production and behavior may be affected. Our teachers are empathetic to new students and resources are available through the teachers, social workers, and counselors at the schools.