Welcome to Joliet Township High School and the ELL Program. We are very excited that you are considering our program for your student. As a transitional bilingual program, our goal is to help our students excel in learning English while continuing their development in math, science, and the social sciences. In addition, our goal is for our ELL students to explore post-secondary career options by participating in electives, dual-credit, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Students will receive services for as long as necessary and will continue to be monitored once they exit the program to maintain academic and social-emotional success. Our goal is to make sure that all our ELL students are successful being able to compete and contribute in an all English environment.
Joliet Township High School services nearly 150 students in our ELL program each year with support coming from all stakeholders including administrators, teachers, counselors, support staff, and the Board of Education.
We believe that an effective ELL Program consists of the following four components:
- Providing transitional support for newcomer ELLs
- Providing high-quality instruction and materials that facilitate deep understanding of the English language and content-area concepts
- Ensuring ELL students have access to the entire curriculum that emphasizes content learning as well as language acquisition
- Providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all our ELL students and their families
At Joliet Township High School, we are committed to providing all of our students with an equitable access to ELL programming so we are very excited to begin to offer our ELL Program not only to students enrolled at our Joliet Central Campus, but also for our incoming freshman at the Joliet West Campus during the 2020-21 school year.
In addition, we are beginning a co-taught English 1 course that will be taught by a general education teacher and an ESL certified teacher that will be able to deliver the same content as taught in the general education classroom but with additional language support.
Our Hispanic students receive intensive English classes with the opportunity to take their core academic courses in their native language. This flexibility in scheduling also allows for our Spanish-speaking students to enroll in Heritage Spanish and/or AP Spanish Language to strengthen their native language abilities while also strengthening English-language acquisition.