About the D103 World Language Study

Our annual Quality Learning Action Plan (QLAP) outlines goals, which District 103 aspires to achieve while moving closer toward its vision of being, “Leaders in Learning.” As defined in this year’s QLAP, the District 103 World Language Committee was charged with the task of:

  • Researching the possibility of expanding the number of languages offered by at least one;
  • Increasing the number of instructional hours spent on world language instruction at sixth grade;
  • Expanding world language offering to at least two additional grade levels;
  • Determining the best model of world language instruction for District 103 students;
  • Developing an implementation plan to begin with the 2013-2014 school year.

Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, our World Language Committee took action on this charge, using research and work accomplished by the Encore Committee in 2011-2012 as a foundation. In the fall of 2012, the district engaged an expert consultant from the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. and began gathering feedback from teachers, administrators, Board of Education members and community members through focus groups. The district hosted a Parent & Community Information Session in December to share its findings. Then in January 2013, online surveys were launched for staff members and also for parents/community members to provide input on strategic direction. Focus group findings, survey results and research on best practices were then analyzed by the expert consultant and the World Language Committee. Next, the district reviewed building logistics in light of program options for consideration, and in February provided a draft report to the Board of Education, parents and community members. Comments and questions on the draft report were addressed before compiling a final report with program recommendations to the Board of Education at its March 19th regular meeting.

Following is a summary of the recommendations made by the World Language Committee and approved by the Board of Education concerning a new World Language program for School District 103. Decisions were based on:

  • Research
  • Parent input
  • Staff and administrator feedback attained through focus groups
  • Survey results
  • The help of Nancy Rhodes, the expert consultant with the Center for Applied Linguistics

Program highlights follow:

  • Program Model: Content-enriched FLES
  • Language: Spanish
  • Implementation Plan
    Grades K, 2, 4 & 6: begin world language instruction Fall 2013.
    • Grade K: 50 minutes per week for half day program; 75 minutes per week for full day program
    • Grade 2: 100 minutes per week
    • Grade 4: 120 minutes per week
    • Grade 6: 150 minutes per week