Eight Language Program Models: Four Linguistic Roads

English language learners can travel on four linguistic roads constructed in various ways from state to state, district to district and school to school. The author created a table to compare and contrast 8 language program models and categorized them into 4 groups. While examining this table, the author will explain the advantages/disadvantages of each program and why some models are chosen over others.

Click on the link to view the article: Eight Language Program Models: Four Linguistic Roads

Save the dates!


Hello!  I have two exciting events to share with you!  Region 13 is proud to host an audio conference addressing the topic of serving English language learners with disabilities and the compliance issues surrounding this group of students.   This free event is scheduled for April 15 and is specifically for 504  Coordinators, Special Education Directors, and Bilingual Coordinators.  Please reveiw the attached flyer for registration information.

Please save the date for the 2014 Title III Symposium.  This event will be held at the Austin Convention Center on July 29-30th.  Information regrading early registration can be found on the attached flyer.

Hope to see you at these events!

Serving ELLs with Disabilities Compliance Solutions

2014 Title III Symposium_Save the Date

Changes to calculating years in U.S. Schools, ELL Progress Measure Updates

Good afternoon!

In the past month, TEA has shared some updates pertaining to the process of calculating years in U.S. schools for ELL students.  In order to assist districts in better understanding the new process , the ESC’s bilingual department has made a short video explaining the new calculations.  Please copy and paste the link into your browser in order to watch the video.


In addition,  new information has been released pertaining to the ELL Progress Measure.  Below are the latest documents which we will address at the Bilingual/ESL Directors’s Meeting on April 9th.

Calculating the Texas ELL Progress Measure

Texas ELL Progress Measure Expectations

Texas ELL Progress Measure Questions and Answers

Project Share Courses

Attached you will find a list of all of the courses that are available in Project Share. These courses are self paced and free of charge for all Texas educators. Each course has a link in which an individual can simply click and join by following a few steps. If assistance is needed with a Project Share account or with enrolling in a course, please contact projectshare@tea.state.tx.us.   Please click here to preview the courses available.

ELPS Instructional Tool Training; A Language Development Process for Beginning and Intermediate English Language Learners

This training is designed as a training of trainers to help educators become familiar with a new resource, the ELPS Instructional Tool. This guide will provide educators with insight into the essential instructional components for supporting ELLs identified at the beginning and intermediate levels of English proficiency and effectively design and deliver instruction to better meet the needs of these students. The training will provide an overview of the components of the guide, including the language development process, the Proficiency Level Descriptors, and an overview of the varying degrees of linguistic accommodations for each language domain. Participants who attend the training will receive copies of the ELPS Instructional Tool and training materials for their district. Please keep in mind that the individuals who attend the training will be responsible for disseminating the information to their appropriate staff.  Please register through the ESC ecampus system.

Course information: ELPS Instructional Tool # SP1429279 April 22, 2014 9am -12 pm.




Adelante Conference for Dual Language Bilingual Educators

Adelante! is an educator­‐led conference focused on Bilingual/Dual Language education in Central Texas. This conference is a forum for educators to share their experiences with other educators, to disperse insight and innovations in teaching and learning that occur daily on campuses throughout the region, and to ignite conversations among educators about working with bilingual students, families, and communities.  For more information, please view the attached flyer and link.

Adelante Flyer, Final, 2014, 2.19.14


Who needs to be sheltered instruction trained in secondary schools?

According to the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, Sec. 6.10, “all teachers of ELLs are required to receive sheltered instruction training in order to linguistically accommodate instruction and provide comprehensible input for ELLs in class.”  In other words, if you have an ELL student in your classroom, you should receive training on sheltered strategies and types of accommodations to help these students access the content, in both the ESL pull-out and the content-based programs.

So what is sheltered instruction?

Sheltered instruction is a teaching method that infuses language acquisition strategies within content area instruction to make content comprehensible for ELL students while developing their academic language.  There are four main focuses within the sheltered instruction framework: building background, academic language, differentiated instruction, and interaction and assessment. This sheltered instruction video provides a great introduction to the teaching method.

What does Region 13 offer for sheltered instruction training?

Region 13 offers two different opportunities for you to get your sheltered instruction training.  There is a face-to-face training coming up on February 25th that is free and open to anyone wanting to learn how to make content comprehensible.  For those who need a more flexible option, we offer an online course that can be viewed at your leisure.  Sign up for the learning experience that suites your schedule on our Region 13 e-campus.

  • Face-to-Face:  Sheltered Instruction Training (SP 1428234)

Overview: Sheltered Instruction is an approach to teaching English language learners that combines language and content instruction to develop mastery of core content subjects while developing students’ language proficiency. This course will provide an overview of developing sheltered instruction lessons aligned to the English Language Proficiency Standards that develop students language skills in speaking, reading and writing.

  • Online:  Sheltered Instruction with the ELPS Toolkit (FA1326744)

Overview:  This online course consisting of five modules will orient educators to the ELPS Toolkit, designed to help teachers incorporate the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) when planning and delivering Sheltered Instruction for students who are English language learners. This class is designed for teachers of grades 3 – 12. Participants will need to have a copy of the ELPS Toolkit to participate in this training. Please access the following link to purchase: http://store.esc13.net/

Module 1: The ELPS and Differentiating Instruction

Module 2: Developing Academic Language

Module 3: Accessing Prior Knowledge and Building Vocabulary

Module 4: Student Interaction and the 5E Model

Module 5: Learning Strategies and Assessment