Transitional Bilingual Education

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Transitional Bilingual Program Presentation

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 Champaign Unit #4 offers the TBE program to students who speak Spanish. 

Schools that support the TBE program are:

  • Early Childhood Center
  • Garden Hills Elementary
  • Robeson Elementary 
  • Edison Middle
  • Central High

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) with transition into English.  The program helps student to succeed in academic subjects and learn English.  The classes count toward graduation requirements.

The goals for TBE classes are to:

  • Provide English Learners (ELs), who first language is Spanish, and who have limited English proficiency, with equal access to education through the use of two languages: Spanish and English.
  • Develop English language proficiency in accordance with the WIDA Language Proficiency Standards.
  • Facilitate mastery of Illinois Learning Standards and transition to mainstream classes.

Download our TBE brochure

TBE Brochure

TBE Brochure - Spanish

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Parent Advisory Committee is a requirement for TBE programs.  PAC is a parent organization that supports the educational, extra-curricular, and social needs of the students.  It consist of the bilingual director, parents, bilingual teachers, counselors, and a community leader. PAC meetings discuss program information, provide an avenue for parents to ask questions and express concerns and is a resource for support and networking for interested individuals in Champaign concerning children.  PAC meets 4-5 times a year and sponsors numerous student events designed to enrich their educational experience.

Overview of the TBE program...

The program uses Spanish, students' native language, for cognitive and academic development AND English in the following subject areas: Language Arts-Reading & Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (including the history and culture of the students' or their parents native land).  The English as a Second Language (ESL) Component teaches students English Language Development (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and uses sheltered instruction in English.  Planned instruction in all areas is aligned with state standards and adapted to meet the needs of the students.  Students receive content in English for part of the day, increasing the percentage of time spend in English through the elementary years while maintaining cognitive and academic development in the native language (Spanish).  In kindergarten, students receive 80% of their instruction in Spanish and 20% in English; by 4th grade, the majority of the school day is in English.

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