All children should activelyparticipate in a well balanced curriculum
What is the purpose of bilingual education?The purpose of the bilingual education program is to:•help students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) master the state curriculum; and
Who does the bilingual education program serve?
• Bilingual education programs serve students who have a language other than English in their homes and need help learning English.
• English speaking students may also participate in bilingual education programs to become proficient in two languages.
How will the bilingual education program help my child?
The bilingual program:•provides access to the state curriculum;
• teaches English to LEP students using appropriate methods;
• helps build knowledge and learning of academic subjects in the first language and English; and
•instills self-assurance, confidence and cultural pride in students.Will my child be taught the same subjects and learn the same skills as students in the regular program?
All students in bilingual education must receive instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in their native language and English.
• Language arts, reading, mathematics, science and social studies are taught as part of the state mandated curriculum.• Music, physical education, health, and art are also part of a balanced curriculum.
Will my child learn English?
• The mastery of English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills is required in the program.
• English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is an integral part of the bilingual education program.• Academic instruction begins in the student’s first language and transitions into English.
Who is responsible for teaching in a bilingual education
Teachers must be specially trained to teach in bilingual education programs and meet the special language needs of their students.How can parents become involved in the bilingual education program?
• Parental approval is required for students to participate in the program.
• Parents can volunteer for classroom activities.
• Parents can encourage their child to achieve, provide a place to study, and show interest in schoolwork.
• Parents can ask their child’s teacher or principal about becoming a member of the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) that determines how students will be taught.Where can I obtain additional information on Bilingual Programs?
TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
BILINGUAL/ESL PROGRAM UNIT
1701 NORTH CONGRESS AVENUE
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701-1494
(512) 475-3555Where can I obtain additional copies of this brochure?
These brochures are available on the TEA bilingual/ESL website at: www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum
TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY Fall 2004
BILINGUAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS:
BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD!
Texas Education AgencyAustin, Texas