Transitional Bilingual Education
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) is a method of instruction utilized to enable non-English or limited-English speaking students to enter into the linguistic and cultural mainstream as quickly as possible. A student in the TBE program, in Kankakee School District #111, can be either full-time or part-time, depending on the level of the student's proficiency in English.
In the Transitional Bilingual Education classroom, the student's home language is initially utilized as the major vehicle of instruction. The emphasis gradually changes to English instruction. Once the student becomes proficient in English and is able to function in the standard classroom, the student will no longer use the home language as a tool for learning and will progress to the standard all-English classroom. It is theorized that this transition may take place within a three-year period.
Bilingual education is important because it builds upon the skills and strengths of the English Language Learners. The ELL’s receiving instruction in their home language progress in concept building while at the same time they are learning the English language. The objective is for the ELL students to experience a seamless transition from bilingual services to independence in the general education classroom.
It is the goal of the Transitional Bilingual Education Program that teachers and staff members of participating schools are involved in comprehensive in-service training and that parents, teachers, and community members are involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program.
For additional information regarding the Transitional Bilingual Education Program in Kankakee School District #111, please contact the Director of Bilingual Education, Viodelda Burts.
Kankakee School District also offers a Migrant Program.