Foreign Language/English Language Learners (ELL)


    Thomas Porter - Director of Pupil Personnel Services

    ELL Coordinator
    Leticia Medina, Thornton High School


    Program Description

    Foreign Language students and English Language Learners (ELLs) will acquire language skills and concepts which include listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and culture.  Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are enhanced through the manipulation of grammar, translation, the acquisition of idiomatic expressions, and by comparing and contrasting languages.  The learning of these skills reinforces the Illinois State Goals for Language Arts. Sensory and aesthetic appreciation is developed through the study of literature, theater, music and art. Social perspective is further enhanced through the study of history and geography. Enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom experience are provided.  Students develop social and technological skills which promote interaction, tolerance, and awareness of our global community.  Students who continue to study at the advanced levels develop language proficiency that increases their employment opportunities.  As effective communicators in a second language, students become more self-confident in their own language. The District 205 Foreign Language/ELL.  Department follows the guidelines set forth by the State, universities, professional organizations and oral proficiency guidelines established by national organizations. 

    Program Goals

    1.   Understand how the learned skills of listening, speaking, writing and reading are used in communicative activities.

    2.   Understand the relationship between the target and native language.

    3.   Appreciate the art/history/literature/culture of the target language.

    4.   Understand the need for global awareness and multi-cultural cooperation. 

    Course Selections

    AP French

    AP Spanish

    English Language Learners Program Levels I, II, III, Tutorial

    Chinese I, II, III

    French I, II, III, IV

    Spanish I, II, III, IV