ELL Resources

Director of Language Acquisition

Ariana Leonard
(630) 834-4530 Phone Ext. 2785



Sheila Billenstein
(630) 834-4530 Phone Ext. 2782

This area gives helpful information to English Learners and their families, including resources and helpful websites.


District 205 offers three programs for English Learners who need additional language and content development. A screening and testing program qualify students for these programs based on information gathered on the Home Language Survey.

Identifying English Learners (EL)

According to Illinois Administrative School Code, each district in the state is required to screen all new, enrolling students who have been determined to have a language other than English used in the home. Once an additional language has been indicated, the district is obligated to screen any school-aged students of that family with the state mandated screening instrument. The results of the screening instrument are used to determine English Language level, and subsequently, eligibility for EL services. The District offers three types of EL programs.

Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)

Elmhurst 205 offers English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction in all schools that house EL students. ESL instruction is currently named Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI). Buildings that offer TPI have ELs of various backgrounds, but do not have greater than 19 students of the same language. Generally, EL students receive English instruction through push-in support within the classroom environment.

Dual Language Program

The Dual Language Program in District 205 is a Two-Way Immersion Spanish-English program housed at Conrad Fischer Elementary School. Eventually replacing the TBE program, the dual language program delivers instruction in both Spanish and English throughout the day. All Conrad Fischer students are eligible to participate, and applications are available to incoming Kindergarten students throughout the district. Learn more about the dual language program here!

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)

The Transitional Bilingual Program (TBE) in District 205 uses Spanish as the native language to instruct students who are learning English. The amount of native language instruction is determined based on each individual student's English language proficiency. This program is offered in schools where there are 20 or more students of the same language group.

In all types of programs, students are entitled to 3 years of enrollment, but actual duration of services varies, depending on student performance on state mandated assessments.