Language and Cultural Education 

Dual Language Programs

Dual Language Education (DLE) Programs are currently offered in 15 CPS schools, including 9 neighborhood schools, 3 charter schools, and 3 magnet schools. These programs begin in either preschool or kindergarten and are implemented up through eighth grade.  Students in DLE Programs include those identified as English Learners (ELs), non-ELs, or heritage language learners.

Types of dual language programs:

1) One-way dual language programs: Provide instruction in two languages; serve mostly ELs, transitioned (or former) ELs, and heritage language learners in the same classroom.  

2) Two-way dual language programs: Provide instruction in two languages; include a mix of ELs, non-ELs, and heritage language learners in the same classroom. Ideally, there is nearly a 50:50 balance between the ELs/heritage language learners and the non-ELs in the classroom.  If this ratio cannot be met, each language group should account for at least one third.  Students serve as language models to each other as they acquire the second language.

With the objective of promoting bilingualism and biliteracy, students receive academic content area instruction in English and the partner language (e.g., Spanish).  Content instruction in dual language classrooms does not explicitly focus on the language forms.  However, language instruction is intentional in the way that content instruction is structured to simultaneously develop students’ language skills.

All students receive core instruction (language arts, math, science, social science) through a second language with the goal of all students becoming bilingual and biliterate in both Spanish and English. In addition to core instruction, all ELs enrolled in a DLE Program receive English Language Development instruction, and all native-English-speaking students receive Language Development instruction in the partner language (e.g., Spanish Language Development) to improve their proficiency in the new language.  It is recommended that students in the dual language program continue in the program through at least sixth grade so that they have a greater opportunity to develop literacy skills and fluency in both languages.

Goals

  • Bilingualism and biliteracy
  • Perform at or above grade level in all academic areas in both languages
  • Demonstrate positive cross-cultural flexibility and behaviors

Program Benefits

  • Provides a learning environment that develops bilingualism, biliteracy, and cultural understanding among English Learners and non-English Learners

  • Provides a potential route to obtaining the State Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation

A heritage language learner is a student studying a language who has some type of proficiency level in that language or in that target culture (e.g. Spanish – a language other than English in this case).

Schools Currently Offering Dual Language Education in CPS

School Name

School Type

Neighborhood

Academy for Global Citizenship

Charter

Archer Heights

Belmont-Cragin (K-8th)

Neighborhood

Belmont-Cragin

Barry

Neighborhood

Hermosa-Kelvin Park

Calmeca

Neighborhood

Brighton Park

Carson

Neighborhood

Gage Park

Edwards

Neighborhood

Brighton Heights

Erie

Charter

Humboldt Park

Inter-American

Magnet

Wrigleyville

Linne

Neighborhood

Avondale

Namaste

Charter

McKinley Park

Sabin

Magnet

Wicker Park

Talcott

Fine Arts Magnet Cluster

West Town

Telpochcalli

Neighborhood

Little Village

Volta

Neighborhood

Albany Park

Whittier

Neighborhood

Pilsen

Schools Approved to Offer Dual Language Education Beginning in 2017-18

School Name

School Type

Neighborhood

Azuela

Neighborhood

Marquette Park-Chicago Lawn

Hurley

Neighborhood

Marquette Park-Chicago Lawn

Moos

Neighborhood

Logan Square

Mozart

Neighborhood

Logan Square

Spry Elementary

Neighborhood

South Lawndale

For more information on the grade levels available and the instructional models in our current Dual Language Education schools, download the list of Approved Dual Language Schools in CPS - 2016-17 School Year.

For more information about DLE Programs, contact the Office of Language and Cultural Education.

Page Last Modified on Tuesday, September 27, 2016