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Two-Way Immersion - Parent Orientation

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Lindsey Rose

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Program Mission & Goals
Two-Way Immersion - Parent Orientation
September 2013

Language Programs in CSD65

The Bilingual Department serves over 1,000 students in grades K-8, or approximately 15% of the total student population.

We offer English language services through the use of four different programs.

TWI Program History
In 2001 District 65 launched its TWI program as a result of collaboration between administration, teachers, parents and community members.

Since then, the program has grown from one to five schools: Dawes, Dewey, Oakton, Washington and Willard and has proven itself as a success throughout the years.
Language Distribution
Increase metalinguistic awareness through purposeful
activities and
The Bridge

The Bridge
is a special time built into the end of each thematic unit, where content/vocabulary learned in the unit is 'bridged' to the other language. Extension activities in the other language are also a part of the bridging time.

Provide students formal literacy in both languages (English and Spanish) earlier than current model.
Evanston/Skokie School District 65
Lauren Leitao - Bilingual Coordinator
Lindsey Rose - Bilingual Assessment Facilitator
Manuel Aleman - Parent Liason
Amada Zamudio - Secretary
The Bilingual Department
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) is a mandated program to serve eligible students from low-incidence language backgrounds who are not yet proficient in English.

This program is available at the following schools elementary schools:
Walker, Orrington, and Lincoln

Our ESL program serves students from over
language backgrounds. Some examples of the language groups represented in this program are: Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, Polish, Arabic, Haitian-Creole, French, and Urdu.

Two-Way Immersion
In D65, the TWI Magnet Program is composed of a balance of two linguistic groups:

Spanish-speaking students who are eligible to receive EL services and who have accepted services, and
English-proficient students.

The program is available to all EL-Spanish speaking students who accept services, and to English proficient students through a magnet lottery at the following elementary schools:
Washington, Oakton, Dawes, Dewey, and Willard
Bilingual Co-Taught / Spanish L.A.
When our students are in middle school (6th-8th grades) they have a support model in which there are two teachers (content & bilingual co-teacher) in the classroom. The bilingual co-teacher works with EL students giving them extra support in reading and writing.

Reading and Social Studies are co-taught with instruction supported by the Bilingual teacher.

TWI graduates and Spanish-speaking ELs are also invited to participate in the Spanish Heritage Classes 6-8th grades.

Presentation Outline
Overview of D65 Language Learner Programs
History of the TWI program
TWI Program Mission & Goals
How language immersion works
Language Acquisition Theory
Comprehensible Input - TPR
Language Development Standards
New Research in the field
Next steps for our TWI program
Additional Support
Two-way Immersion (TWI)
TWI Outcomes for ELs
Mission of the TWI
Developments in Multilingual Education Research
How are
we supporting teachers in our TWI program?
All of our TWI teachers attended a 3 day summer institute on the SIOP model.

This year all K-2 TWI teachers are participating in MONTHLY 1/2 day professional development workshops on biliteracy.

Middle school Spanish Heritage teachers are participating in professional development workshops to better align their instruction with the TWI and ETHS programs.

Additional Support...
Look for Spanish reading nights at your school
Increased communication with EPL Latino Outreach Coordinator -
Daylily Alvarez
Students develop high levels of academic literacy in both Spanish and English.
The aim of the Two-Way Immersion Program is to provide a world class education where children will become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English while developing an understanding and an appreciation of diverse cultures.

Children in the TWI Program experience the same District 65 standards-based curriculum as children in other classrooms. Students learn these subjects in both English and Spanish in a linguistically and culturally rich setting.
TWI Enrollment 2013-14
Screening of Speaking in Tongues a PBS documentary
Guest speaker Dr. Kim Potowski
How does language acquisition work?
Based on research that
language proficiency takes 5-7 years, and follows predictable stages of acquisition.

Acquisition is affected by a number of external and internal conditions, including motivation.

Concepts learned in one language transfer to subsequent languages.

The human brain has the innate and infinite capability to recognize distinct language phonemes and store languages without becoming confused.
How does Language Immersion work?
Research supporting TWI as the most effective method of instruction for EL students....
Students share a positive awareness of their own cultural and linguistic identities as well as respect for others.
Students see themselves as life-long multilingual learners.
Articulation with ETHS and the World Languages Chair
Comprehensible Input
Linguistic 101
Stephen Krashen
Current Spanish assessments at each grade level ...
ISEL-S - Inventory of early literacy
EDL - Spanish reading comprehension
Developing Language Rubrics*
Translanguaging now becomes the process by which a human brain is capable of accessing two or more linguistic data bases in order to formulate a tapestry of words in various languages (all bound by the rules of grammar) in the formation of a thought. Translanguaging is to linguistics what a key change in the middle of a symphony is to music. Both convey a mastery of critical thinking and by no means is there a deficiency exhibited.
Translanguaging is the 21st century way forward for bilingual teaching, learning and assessment...by asking, how does the use of two or more languages enhance learning?
"Both languages are used in an integrated & coherent way to organise & mediate mental processes in learning.”
"a systematic shift from one language to another for specific reasons"
Translanguaging - the action of.....
For the 2013-2014 school year there are 750 students enrolled in the TWI program*
*Preliminary numbers until September 30th
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