Bilingual Education

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The Bilingual Education Team puts into action the Austin ISD belief that the linguistic and cultural richness of our students is a resource that should be recognized and developed.

 

The Bilingual team administers district bilingual and English as a Second Language programs to support the linguistic, cognitive, and emotional needs of English learners in compliance with Chapter 89 of the Texas Education Code, including one-way and two-way dual language programs, late-exit, and transitional bilingual programs and ESL.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language is an intensive program that focuses on learning English. It is taught by teachers who are trained and certified in working with students whose home language is not English. The ESL program provides instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending English.

Students receive instruction primarily in academic language to ensure success in school. Teachers may use topics from subjects such as social studies during the ESL class. The focus, however, remains on the student learning English.

Our ESL students make up approximately 68% of our student body. They bring diversity, a variety of languages, and rich cultural backgrounds to our campus. Webb celebrates the value of being bilingual and biliterate in this rapidly changing world, as reflected in significant research in the field of bilingualism and biliteracy supporting the claim that language and literacy development in one language enhances and supports the development of a new language.

Dual Language

Dual language helps students excel academically while becoming bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. The program is committed to educating students in a multicultural learning environment and encouraging learners to celebrate diversity and become responsible citizens of the world. Dual-language students participate in a rigorous academic program that follows the AISD academic standards and curriculum.

At the middle school level, students are offered at least two content courses taught in Spanish each year, including Spanish for Spanish speakers and a core content class. The program is intended for students who participated in elementary dual language programs and for native Spanish-speaking middle school students who are new to the district.