Emergent Bilingual


Elmwood Park High School's emergent bilingual program, formerly known as English language learners (ELL), offers classes to support students at every level of English acquisition, from entry level to student transition into general education English classes.

Through this program, students learn to process, understand, interpret and evaluate the English language in a variety of spoken and written forms for an array of purposes and audiences.


Curriculum Goals


Our standards-aligned curriculum is designed to be a continuum that enables students to integrate fully into general education courses.

Using this curriculum, we help our students to achieve the three main goals listed below.
 

The level of support that students receive within the emergent bilingual curriculum is determined by their results on the annual ACCESS test, which is explained below.


ACCESS Testing


Illinois requires that all students who have been identified as English learners take the state's English language proficiency test each year. The test is usually (but not always) given in January.

This test is known as ACCESS for ELLs, which stands for "Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners."

The ACCESS test measures student proficiency in the four domains of English language development: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students are required to take the ACCESS test annually, regardless of level of service, until they meet the Illinois state-mandated criteria of an overall composite score of 4.8.


To Learn More


Descriptions of EPHS emergent bilingual courses as well as a directory of the program's faculty can be found here: