English Language Learners
An English language learner is defined as “A person who is in the process of acquiring English and has another language as the first native language” §89.1201 policy. The state requires school districts to ensure an equal educational opportunity for every student identified as an English language learner as stated in §89.1201 policy. Both Bilingual Education and ESL programs are state approved.
The process of identification begins with the Home Language Survey parents fill out the first year the student is in U.S. schools. If parents respond that a language other than English is spoken at home, the district is required to evaluate the level of English language proficiency of the student. If the other language spoken is Spanish, our district also evaluates the Spanish language proficiency of the student. This evaluation will determine if the student qualifies for dual language as a Spanish speaker or the ESL program.
Little Elm ISD offers the following programs for English language learners:
English as a Second Language
The English as a Second Language program (ESL) is known for providing content and language instruction in English only. Little Elm ISD offers this program at all of our campuses.
One-Way Dual Language (sometimes called Bilingual)
This is a dual language immersion program where native Spanish speakers receive content and language instruction in English and Spanish. Currently, this program is offered in two of our K-5 campuses: Brent Elementary and Oak Point Elementary.
Two-Way Dual Language
This is a dual language immersion program where native Spanish speakers and native English speakers receive content and language instruction in English and Spanish. Currently, this program is offered in two of our K-5 campuses: Hackberry Elementary and Oak Point Elementary. Starting the 2017-2018 school year, this program will be offered in Brent Elementary to Kindergarten students as well.
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Dual Language: What Happens After 5th Grade?
Effective the 2018-2019 school year, a new amendment on Texas state law allows students who successfully complete a dual language immersion program in elementary school to receive one foreign language high school credit.
What does this mean for my student?
As a result, any student who successfully completes the K-5 dual language program at Little Elm ISD will receive one world languages credit with a passing score in their high school transcript.
So what options will my student have after fifth grade?