80:20 Dual Language


    2019-2020 Information

    Welcome to the U-46 80:20 Dual Language Program!

    ¡Bienvenidos al Programa de Lenguaje Dual 80:20 del Distrito Escolar U-46!

    Find information on this page about our signature Dual Language program.  Below is a video presentation about the Dual Language Program in English and Spanish. 

    • Fechas de reuniones informativas - Elemental 2019-2020 - ¡EN BREVE!
    • Informational Meeting Dates - Elementary 2019-2020 - COMING SOON!
    • Fechas de reuniones informativas - Escuela Intermedia 2019-2020 - ¡EN BREVE!
    • Informational Meeting Dates - Middle School 2019-2020 - COMING SOON!

    Get to know the U-46 80:20 Dual Language Program - Winner of the "Promoting Bilingualism Award District of Distinction" from Two-Way CABE! 

    Click HERE for the Video - Winner of the 2017 Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s Communications Contest

    ¡Conozca el programa de lenguage dual 80:20 del distrito escolar U-46 - Ganador del premio "Distrito de distinción por promover el bilingüismo" otorgado porTwo-Way CABE!
    Haga clic AQUÍ para el Video - Video ganador del premio "2017 Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s Communications Contest"

    Dual Language Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for parents with students at the elementary level. CLick HERE

    Preguntas frecuentes para padres de estudiantes en el programa de lenguage dual en la escuela eleemental. Haz click AQUÍ

    Dual Language Informational Meeting Presentation for parents of incoming kindergarten and first grade students in 2019-2020 - coming soon!


    Presentación de la jusnta informativa del Programa de Lenguaje Dual para los papás de estudiantes que vana a entrar al kinder o primer grado en el año escolar 2019-2020 - ¡muy pronto!

    Incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade students in 2019-2020:

    Deadline for submission: Friday, April 19, 2019. Parents are welcome to submit DL Interest Form after the deadline for submission.

    Estudiantes que van al Kindergarten en el año escolar 2019-2020:

    Fecha límite para someter la declaración de interés: viernes, 19 de abril del 2019. Padres pueden seguir sometiendo la Declaración de Interés después de la fecha límite.

    To submit Dual Language Interest Form for 2019-2020 for current Kindergarten students, please contact the ELL Department at 847-888-5000 ext. 5331 or 5332.

    Para someter la Declaración de Interés para el Programa de Lenguaje Dual para el año escolar 2018-2019 para estudiantes actualmente en kindergarten, por favor comunicarse con el departamento de ELL al 847-888-5000 ext. 5331 o 5332.


    School Year 2018-2019 - Parents of kindergarten students who are interested in placing their child in a dual language classroom can still submit a Dual Language Interest Form. Kindergarten students can be placed in the program throughout the school year. Placement will be based on space availability. Click on the online SY2018-2019 interest form. 


    Año escolar 2018-2019 Los padres de alumnos de Jardín de Infantes que estén interesados en que sus niños sean enrolados en una clase del programa de Lenguaje Dual todavía pueden enviar una “Declaración de Interés para el Programa de Lenguaje Dual”. En Jardín de Infantes los alumnos pueden ser ubicados en el programa durante el transcurso del año escolar. La ubicación dependerá de la disponibilidad de espacios. Haga clic en el formulario de interés en línea del año escolar 2018-2019.

Bilingual and biliterate students developing their skills for this global society

  • What is Dual Language?

    The Dual Language Program is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and academic content in two languages. It offers a unique opportunity for students to excel academically and learn a second language. Dual language programs foster:

    • bilingualism
    • bi-literacy
    • enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity
    • high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages

    What are the benefits of the Dual Language program for students?

    • Students develop proficiency in two languages.
    • Students perform as well as or better than their peers in non-dual language classrooms.
    • All students develop a positive sense of self and multicultural competencies.
    • Students also develop intercultural and global competence that prepares them to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global society.

    80:20 Spanish/English Dual Language in U-46

    The U-46 Dual Language Program mirrors and honors the linguistic and cultural diversity of our learning community. In our 80:20 Dual Language Program Model design, students learn school subjects through both English and Spanish instruction. Students are able to develop high levels of academic and language proficiency in their first and second languages.

    The curricula implemented in the dual language classrooms are School District U-46’s adopted curricula and are taught through scaffolding and interactive approaches, which ensure that children learn the academic content while developing their first and second languages.

Language allocation by grade level

Elementary Schools
Middle Schools
High Schools
  • The U-46 80:20 Dual Language Program model serves Spanish-speaking English Learners in grades PreK through eighth in 33 elementary schools, which have the ELL Program, including the two Early Learners Centers, and five middle schools. Starting in 2018-2019, the DL Program is explanding to all 5 high schools. Students need to have met ISBE’s eligibility criteria to receive English Language Learners’ (ELL) services in Spanish according to the Illinois Administrative School Code 228. 
    In addition, Native-English speakers and English-dominant students are invited to participate in the Two-Way (TW) Dual Language Programs as an enrichment program at twenty-one (21) of the thirty (30) elementary schools that currently have the ELL Program in Spanish